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The Story of Sexual IdentityNarrative Perspectives on the Gay and Lesbian Life Course$
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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

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Narrative Engagement and Stories of Sexual Identity

Narrative Engagement and Stories of Sexual Identity

An Interdisciplinary Approach to the Study of Sexual Lives

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(p.3) 1 Narrative Engagement and Stories of Sexual Identity
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The Story of Sexual Identity
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Phillip L. Hammack

Bertram J. Cohler

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195326789.003.0001

This chapter discusses a theoretical approach to the study of sexual lives that takes history, discourse, and culture seriously. Central to this perspective is the idea of narrative engagement. It is argued that an approach that links the ideas of life course and narrative provides a paradigm for the study of sexual lives that maximizes the consideration of the contextual basis of human development. An overview of the subsequent chapters is presented.

Keywords:   homosexuality, narratives, human sexuality, sexual lives, life course

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