Gay Men's Relationships Across the Life Course

Hardcover | June 14, 2013

byPeter Robinson

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Gay Men's Relationships Across the Life Course examines the life stories of a rich, diverse sample of gay men from nine major international cities. Their relationship stories throw light on gay communities in Auckland, Melbourneand Sydney, as well as those in Hong Kong, London and Mumbai, Los Angeles, Manchester and New York, comparing old, established patterns of gay life with new, emerging patterns of, for example, fatherhood, friendship, and marriage. This book examines the propensity of gay men first, to conform to existing, mostly heterosexual patterns of relationships and second, to create relationships that more closely suit their circumstances and needs.

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Gay Men's Relationships Across the Life Course examines the life stories of a rich, diverse sample of gay men from nine major international cities. Their relationship stories throw light on gay communities in Auckland, Melbourneand Sydney, as well as those in Hong Kong, London and Mumbai, Los Angeles, Manchester and New York, comparing...

Peter Robinson is Lecturer in Sociology at Swinburne University of Technology, Australia. His research interests include ageing, sexuality, and social justice. His first book, The Changing World of Gay Men won The Australian Sociological Association's inaugural Raewyn Connell Prize in 2010.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:224 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.56 inPublished:June 14, 2013Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230244122

ISBN - 13:9780230244122

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Table of Contents

Introduction
1. Collecting 97 Gay Men's Life Stories
2. Single Men
3. Long-lasting Relationships
4. Fatherhood
5. Marriage
6. Cohabitation
7. Living in the Midst of HIV-AIDS
Conclusion

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"A valuable sociological contribution to a crucial set of debates around the life experiences and relationships of gay men . . . This is an important book, that will be of interest to sociologists and other researchers interested in understanding gay men's relationships across the life course in particular, but also in understanding relationship formation and maintenance processes over the life course more generally. The book is written in a clear, thoughtful and accessible style, meaning that it will be of interest to students at all levels as well as to academic readers. The timely nature of the topic of the book means that it will also be of interest and relevance to a broader audience than a purely academic readership . . . it is clear that Peter Robinson is making an important and sustained contribution to sociological understandings of the worlds of gay men." - New Zealand Sociology