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.
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 49/04M, Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||American studies, Communication, GLBT Studies|
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