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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

Abstract

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

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

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

Bertram J. Cohler, editor
University of Chicago

Contents

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Part I Time, Place, Story

1 Narrative Engagement and Stories of Sexual Identity

Phillip L. Hammack, and Bertram J. Cohler

Part II Culture, Identity, Narrative

3 Stories from the Second World

Timothy McCajor Hall

5 Bisexuality in a House of Mirrors

Paula C. Rodríguez Rust

Part III Identities in Process

7 Between Kansas and Oz

Steven P. Kurtz

8 (My) Stories of Lesbian Friendship

Jacqueline S. Weinstock

11 Postcards from the Edge

Damien Ridge, and Rebecca Wright

Part IV Making Gay and Lesbian Identities

12 In the Beginning

Bertram J. Cohler

13 The Role of the Internet in the Sexual Identity Development of Gay and Bisexual Male Adolescents

Gary W. Harper, Douglas Bruce, Pedro Serrano, and Omar B. Jamil

14 Focus on the Family

David deBoer

16 The Good (Gay) Life

Laura A. King, Chad M. Burton, and Aaron C. Geise

Part V Concluding Perspectives

19 Lives, Times, and Narrative Engagement

Bertram J. Cohler, and Phillip L. Hammack

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