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Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Queering conversion: An ethnographic account of the ex-gay movement
by LeMaster, Benjamin R., M.A., California State University, Long Beach, 2010, 197; 1490395
Abstract (Summary)

In this study, I use (auto)ethnographic methods to consider an ex-gay community. I focus on how this culture constructs gender, perpetuates heteronormativity, and uses conflicting and paradoxical messages to maintain membership as well as to conceive of the self as embedded in a larger social movement. These themes look to the vital intersection of faith and sexuality and how the resulting tension manifests within the individual. In exploring these themes, I draw on ethnographic and autoethnographic methods to better understand the culture and the self. I conducted this study not with the intent to exploit the ex-gay movement, nor its members, but to gather a greater understanding of the culture as well as to better understand myself. Finally, informed by performance and intercultural paradigms, this is the first study in the ex-gay canon to be rooted in Communication Studies.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Rich, Marc
School: California State University, Long Beach
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 49/04M, Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: American studies, Communication, LGBTQ studies
Publication Number: 1490395
ISBN: 978-1-124-55008-4
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