Find thousands of books, manuscripts, visual materials and unpublished archives from our collections, many of them with free online access.

The story of sexual identity : narrative perspectives on the gay and lesbian life course / edited by Phillip L. Hammack and Bertram J. Cohler.

  • Hammack, Phillip L.
  • Books

About this work


"This book assembles a diverse group of scholars working within a new, pathbreaking paradigm of sexual science. The contributors are united in their commitment to the idea of "narrative" as central to the study of sexual identity, offering an analytic approach that restores the voices of sexual subjects. The result is a rich examination of lives in context, with an eye toward multiplicity and meaning across the life course. Central to the chapters in this volume is the significance of history, generation, and narrative in the provision of a workable and meaningful configuration of identity."--Jacket.


Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2009.

Physical description

xxii, 474 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm

Bibliographic information

Includes bibliographical references and index.


pt. I: Time, place, story: introductory perspectives on narrative and the life course. Narrative engagement and stories of sexual identity : an interdisciplinary approach to the study of sexual lives / Phillip L. Hammack and Bertram J. Cohler -- History, narrative, and sexual identity : gay liberation and postwar movements for sexual freedom in the United States / Benjamin Shepard -- pt. II: Culture, identity, narrative: context and multiplicity in sexual lives. 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 Hall -- Unity and purpose at the intersections of racial/ethnic and sexual identities / Ilan H. Meyer and Suzanne C. Ouellette -- Bisexuality in a house of mirrors : multiple reflections, multiple identities / Paula C. Rodríguez Rust -- Narrative identity construction of Black youth for social change / Mollie V. Blackburn -- pt. III: Identities in process: stories of risk and relationships. Between Kansas and Oz : drugs, sex, and the search for gay identity in the fast lane / Steven P. Kurtz -- (My) stories of lesbian friendship / Jacqueline S. Weinstock -- Emergence of a poz sexual culture : accounting for "barebacking" among gay men / Barry D. Adam -- Connectedness, communication, and reciprocity in lesbian relationships : implications for women's construction and experience of PMS / Janette Perz and Jane M. Ussher -- Postcards from the edge : narratives of sex and relationship breakdown among gay men / Damien Ridge and Rebecca Wright -- pt. IV: Making gay and lesbian identities: development, generativity, and the life course. In the beginning : American boyhood and the life stories of gay men / Bertram J. Cohler -- 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. Jamil -- Focus on the family : the psychosocial context of gay men choosing fatherhood / David deBoer -- Midlife lesbian lifeworlds : narrative theory and sexual identity / Mary M. Read -- 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. Geise -- Generativity and time in gay men's life stories / Andrew J. Hostetler -- From same-sex desire to homosexual identity : history, biography, and the production of the sexual self in lesbian and gay elders' narratives / Dana Rosenfeld -- pt. V: Concluding perspectives. Lives, times, and narrative engagement : multiplicity and meaning in sexual lives / Bertram J. Cohler and Phillip L. Hammack.



  • English

Where to find it

  • LocationStatus
    History of Medicine
    Open shelves

Permanent link



  • 9780195326789
  • 0195326784