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The Story of Sexual Identity
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The Story of Sexual Identity: Narrative Perspectives on the Gay and Lesbian Life Course

Phillip L. Hammack and Bertram J. Cohler


When viewed through the broad lens of social history, the story of sexual identity across place and time is infused with extraordinary contextual specificity. Different cultures in different historical eras have organized human sexuality in a multiplicity of diverse forms and functions, constructing stories of sexual identity that serve a larger social structure with master narratives of what it means to be a member of a given community, culture, and society. In examining the shifting narratives of sexual identity in the 20th and 21st centuries and their impact on the process of human social d ... More

Keywords: human sexuality, community, culture, society, social development, sexual lives, childhood, adolescence, adulthood, marriage

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780195326789
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195326789.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Phillip L. Hammack, editor
University of California-Santa Cruz

Bertram J. Cohler, editor
University of Chicago