The confluence of us : creative-relational (love) making of gay men's identities

Rodriguez-Dorans, E ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-3863-9646 2020, 'The confluence of us : creative-relational (love) making of gay men's identities' , Departures in Critical Qualitative Research, 9 (2) , pp. 103-113.

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Abstract

This essay explores gay men's identities as processes of creative-relational construction of the self. I problematize the common sex-centered conception of being gay as “I am gay because I have sex with men.” Bringing together Paul Ricœur's work on identity as autobiography, Audre Lorde's concept of the erotic as a constructive force, and Derek Greenfield's understanding of relational orientation, in the light of an interview with Manoel, a young gay man from Malta, creative-relational inquiry affords a richer notion of gayness as “I am gay when I am with you” and “I am gay because I love you.”

Item Type: Article
Schools: Schools > School of Health and Society
Journal or Publication Title: Departures in Critical Qualitative Research
Publisher: University of California Press
ISSN: 2333-9489
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Depositing User: Dr Edgar Rodríguez-Dorans
Date Deposited: 13 Jul 2021 13:30
Last Modified: 13 Jul 2021 13:30
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/61188

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