In the past twelve years research into homosexuality has undergone a major shift in emphasis a concern with documenting the etiology treatment and psychological adjustment of homosexuals has been replaced by an interest in understanding how people develop homosexual identities that is organized perceptions of themselves as homosexuals in relation to sexual and romantic settings. Get this from a library gay and lesbian identity a sociological analysis richard r troiden. Gay and lesbian studies is by nature cross disciplinary covering a wide range of intellectual bases literature history religion psychology sociology philosophy anthropology medicine law fine arts and others resources in this subject area may be found in nearly every division of the research libraries this guide offers multiple trajectories into this richly varied field. The findings suggest that a sexual identity change toward same sex attraction may continue to be a stressful life event despite american societys increasing acceptance of lesbian gay bisexual and transgender lgbt people said study author bethany everett an assistant professor of sociology at uic. In summary the reflexive sociology of lesbian and gay lives would emphasise the need for explicit and critical reflection on dynamics of difference and power that are central to the construction of sociological narratives of lesbian and gay lives the sociology of lesbian and gay reflexivity is in contrast more often concerned with
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