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Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Performing asexuality through narratives of sexual identity
by Sundrud, Janet L., M.A., San Jose State University, 2011, 126; 1512069
Abstract (Summary)

This thesis explores the social construction of asexual identities through everyday narrative performances and critically examines the marginalizing effects of heteronormative discourses. This thesis posits narrative performance as a framework for understanding asexual identities within a heteronormative society. Drawing upon oral history and ethnographic methodologies, this thesis examines the narrative performances of three self-identified asexuals and explores four themes within each narrative: (1) the breach of heteronormative expectations, (2) the creation of commonality among individuals within the asexual community, (3) the negotiation of heteronormative discourses within the family, and (4) the construction of future-oriented liminoid narratives of asexuality. This thesis advances the claim that asexuality is a social identity by which asexuals narrate their past within a heteronormative society and envision a queer future.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Spangler, Matthew
Commitee: Spano, Shawn, Terry, David
School: San Jose State University
Department: Communication Studies
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 50/06M, Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Social research, Communication, Gender studies
Keywords: Asexuality, Heteronormativity, Liminality, Narrative paradigm, Performativity, Social drama
Publication Number: 1512069
ISBN: 978-1-267-38911-4
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