Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Marriage Equality: A Depth Psychological Study of Men Marrying Men
by Strumpf, Bruce Martin, Ph.D., Pacifica Graduate Institute, 2019, 181; 27743932
Abstract (Summary)

While the emergence of gay marriage has been studied phenomenologically, the level of self-acceptance by gay men institutionalizing their relationships in this way has yet to be fully explored. This study continues the Jungian tradition of searching for archetypal patterns, but within the lived experiences of gay, married men—specifically, patterns in their lived experiences of love, home, and wholeness. In detecting narratives describing the range of personal growth, the study finds that marriage is the telos of a life-long journey towards a larger individuated homosexuality. In examining the narratives, the study finds motifs such as love at first sight, the importance of home as a safe space, and the significance of a shared commitment to community activism. Additionally, two specific myths provide symbolic references for the phenomena under study: Laius, father of Oedipus, may well represent the self-hating gay man whose internalized homophobia prevents him from individuating fully through marriage; Hestia, goddess of hearth and home, may symbolize the grand narrative of gay relationships in their progression from large self-sustaining gay communities, to families of choice, to legally recognized families.

Keywords: same-sex marriage, marriage equality, individuation, homosexuality, internalized homophobia, love, narrative inquiry, Laius, Hestia

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Young, Jonathan
Commitee: Young, Jonathan, Hoffman, Dylan, Lennox, Michael
School: Pacifica Graduate Institute
Department: Depth Psychology with Emphasis in Jungian and Archetypal Studies
School Location: United States -- California
Source: DAI-A 81/9(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Social psychology, LGBTQ studies
Keywords: Homosexuality, Individuation, Internalized homophobia, Love, Narrative inquiry, Same-sex marriage
Publication Number: 27743932
ISBN: 9781658470698
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