Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
The Story of Sexual IdentityNarrative Perspectives on the Gay and Lesbian Life Course$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Phillip L. Hammack and Bertram J. Cohler

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780195326789

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195326789.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.oxfordscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Oxford University Press, 2019. All Rights Reserved. Under the terms of the licence agreement, an individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in OSO for personal use (for details see www.oxfordscholarship.com/page/privacy-policy).date: 25 May 2019

Generativity and Time in Gay Men's Life Stories

Generativity and Time in Gay Men's Life Stories

Chapter:
(p.397) 17 Generativity and Time in Gay Men's Life Stories
Source:
The Story of Sexual Identity
Author(s):

Andrew J. Hostetler

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195326789.003.0017

Drawing on life-story interviews with forty-two gay men representing roughly four different historical cohorts, this chapter explores the meaning and experience of gay generativity through intersecting narratives of personal-developmental and collective-historical time. These narratives reveal both cohort-specific shifts in gay men's time orientation and a more continuous pattern of historical change, with corresponding transformations in opportunities for making a generative contribution. The narratives also suggest a more dynamic intertwining of developmental and historical processes in the construction of the generative self. It is argued that that the men are engaged in an intergenerational “multilogue”—with members of the research team and, by proxy, with each other—that is rewriting the individual experience and collective meaning of generativity. The chapter concludes with a discussion of the future prospects for building a generative society and the potential contributions of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people to such a project.

Keywords:   gay men, homosexuality, gay generativity, narratives, lesbian, transgender, bisexual, time orientation

Oxford Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us .