Telling family stories : gay and lesbian couples and the performance of family

dc.contributor.advisorUmberson, Debraen
dc.creatorReczek, Corinne Elizabethen
dc.date.accessioned2016-02-11T20:02:37Zen
dc.date.available2016-02-11T20:02:37Zen
dc.date.issued2006-05en
dc.description.abstractThis project addresses the experiences of 30 gay and lesbian individuals in longterm relationships. Narratives are conceptualized in this study as tools used by individuals for personal and psychological purposes. My analysis reveals that disclosure narratives told by gay and lesbian individuals functionally privilege the intimate couple's resilience. In doing so, individuals perform family in a counter-hegemonic way by subverting the importance of non-supportive family of origin. I also suggest individuals tell post-disclosure life event narratives to conceptualize changes in their relationships. These narratives further illustrate how the performance of family is contextually constructed. Finally, I argue that although such narratives function to transgress hegemonic family forms, the same narrative constructions concurrently and overtly avoid challenging oppressive structures of family by allowing family member's actions to go uncontested. In this way, these narratives reinscribe meanings of family rather than act as transformative agents that could further destabilize constructions of hegemonic family.en
dc.description.departmentSociologyen
dc.format.mediumelectronicen
dc.identifierdoi:10.15781/T2DX1Gen
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/2152/33280en
dc.language.isoengen
dc.relation.ispartofUT Electronic Theses and Dissertationsen
dc.rightsCopyright © is held by the author. Presentation of this material on the Libraries' web site by University Libraries, The University of Texas at Austin was made possible under a limited license grant from the author who has retained all copyrights in the works.en
dc.rights.restrictionRestricteden
dc.subjectGay and lesbian couplesen
dc.subjectFamiliesen
dc.subjectNarrativesen
dc.titleTelling family stories : gay and lesbian couples and the performance of familyen
dc.typeThesisen
dc.type.genreThesisen
thesis.degree.departmentSociologyen
thesis.degree.disciplineSociologyen
thesis.degree.grantorThe University of Texas at Austinen
thesis.degree.levelMastersen
thesis.degree.nameMaster of Artsen

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