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

Hardcover | March 20, 2009

byPhillip L. Hammack, Bertram J. Cohler

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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 twentieth and twenty-first centuries and their impact on theprocess of human social development, this edited volume fuses historical, cultural, and psychological perspectives on human sexuality to articulate a rigorous interdisciplinary approach to the study of sexual lives. Recognizing the historical and cultural relativity of life-course development, thecontributors seek to offer a comprehensive perspective on the ways in which identity is inherently a process of co-construction between individual and culture, thereby positing a significant role for the social in the development of sexual identity. Following a general introduction in which thevolume editors explain the utility of a narrative approach to the study of sexual identity, the volume is organized into sections which deal with specific life-span considerations of sexuality: childhood and adolescence, adulthood, marriage and parenthood, and aging.

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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 serv...

Phillip L. Hammack is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at University of California-Santa Cruz.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:560 pages, 9.25 × 6.13 × 0.98 inPublished:March 20, 2009Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195326784

ISBN - 13:9780195326789

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Table of Contents

PART 1. Time, Place, Story: Introductory Perspectives on Narrative and the Life Course1. Narrative Engagement and Sexual Identity: An Interdisciplinary Approach to the Study of Sexual Lives. Phillip L. Hammack and Bertram J. Cohler2. History, Narrative, and Sexual Identity: Gay Liberation and Post-War Movements for Sexual Freedom in the United States. Benjamin ShepardCulture, Identity, Narrative: Context and Multiplicity in Sexual Lives3. Stories from the Second World: Narratives of Sexual Identity in the Czech Republic across Three Generations of Men who have Sex with Men. Timothy McCajor Hall4. Unity and Purpose at the Intersections of Racial/ethnic and Sexual Identities. Ilan H. Meyer and Suzanne C. Ouellette5. Bisexuality in a House of Mirrors: Multiple Reflections, Multiple Identities. Paula C. Rodriguez Rust6. Narrative Identity Construction of Black Youth for Social Change. Mollie V. BlackburnPART 3. Identities in Process: Stories of Risk and Relationships7. Between Kansas and Oz: Drugs, Sex, and the Search for Gay Identity in the Fast Lane. Steven P. Kurtz8. (My) Stories of Lesbian Friendship. Jacqueline S. Weinstock9. Emergence of a Poz Sexual Culture: Accounting for "Barebacking" among Gay Men. Barry D. Adam10. Connectedness, Communication, and Reciprocity in Lesbian Relationships: Implications for Women's Construction and Experience of PMS. Janette Perz and Jane M. Ussher11. Postcards from the Edge: Narratives of Sex and Relationship Breakdown among Gay Men. Damien Ridge and Rebecca WrightMaking Gay and Lesbian Identities: Development, Generativity, and the Life Course12. In the Beginning: American Boyhood and the Life Stories of Gay Men. Bertram J. Cohler13. 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. Jamil14. Focus on the Family: The Psychosocial Context of Gay Men Choosing Fatherhood. David deBoer15. Midlife Lesbian Lifeworlds: Narrative Theory and Sexual Identity. Mary Read16. The Good (Gay) Life: The Search for Signs of Maturity in the Narratives of Gay Adults. Laura A. King, Chad M. Burton, and Aaron C. Geise17. Generativity and Time in Gay Men's Life Stories. Andrew J. Hostetler18. From Same-Sex Desire to Homosexual Identity: History, Biography, and the Production of the Sexual Self in Lesbian and Gay Elders' Narratives. Dana RosenfeldConcluding Perspective19. Lives,Times, and Narrative Engagement. Bertram J. Cohler and Phillip L. Hammack