Coming Out in College: The Struggle for a Queer Identity by Robert Rhoads

By Robert Rhoads

Popping out is the method of acknowledging same-sex sights to oneself and to others. it truly is either a private and a public method. for plenty of homosexual and bisexual scholars, collage marks a pivotal aspect the place for the 1st time they be happy to discover their same-sex points of interest. This e-book is ready the struggles scholars face in popping out. the point of interest is twofold: the studies members face in coming to phrases with their sexual identification and the method of constructing a bunch id. the improvement of a gaggle identification comprises a level of political funding. For a few scholars, changing into political potential adopting a "queer" personality. As one pupil famous, "Queer is more or less an `in your face' perspective towards heterosexism and homophobia." a first-rate concentration of this booklet revolves round the inspiration of queer id and the way scholars interact as cultural employees looking either campus and societal switch.

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Instead of asking what the social consequences are of a process and who is marginalized by it, an emancipatory question, positivism has led many social scientists instead to ask how a process can be made more efficient, a technical question. Critical Postmodernism 33 The goal for critical postmodernists is to reestablish the relationship between research and praxis by invoking our reflective nature. Richard Bernstein (1976) is helpful in his discussion of critical theorists: Critical theorists see the distinction between theory and action which is accepted by advocates of traditional theory, as itself an ideological reflection of a society in which "theory" only serves to foster the status quo.

I rely upon student narratives to provide concrete evidence of the heterosexism and homophobia inherent in the cultures of Clement University and American society. Also highlighted is what I describe as "negative existence" in which life is defined not by possibility but, instead, is rooted in inhibition, denial, and negativity. The work of Foucault and his notion of "the power of the norm" provides theoretical support. Chapter 5, "Coming Out in College," reveals the experiences of gay and bisexual men as they struggle to claim a sense of identity.

Elane Nuehring, Sara Beck Fein, and Mary Tyler (1989) examined the informal structure of lesbian and gay communities in terms of Yinger's (1960) concept of contraculture. "As a basic element, the gay collectivity manifests a system of sexual preference based on norms that conflict with the values of the broader society. , 1989, p. 69). They also note that an important function of the lesbian and gay contraculture is that it generates and validates a positive self-image as well as serving as a source of identification.

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