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The social construction of lesbianism

Author: Celia Kitzinger
Publisher: London ; Newbury Park, Calif. : Sage Publications, 1987.
Series: Inquiries in social construction series.
Edition/Format:   Book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The old model of lesbianism as a pathological affliction has largely given way to a liberal social scientific one which presents it as an alternative lifestyle, a way of loving, a sexual preference, or a source of personal fulfilment. This book argues that the shift from "pathological" to "gay affirmative" research merely substitutes one depoliticized construction of the lesbian for another. The author contends that  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Celia Kitzinger
ISBN: 0803981163 9780803981164 0803981171 9780803981171
OCLC Number: 18388282
Description: ix, 230 pages ; 23 cm.
Contents: 1. Rhetoric in research on lesbianism and male homosexuality --
2. Social scientific accounts --
3. Eliciting and assessing lesbian accounts --
4. Lesbian identities --
5. Lesbian politics --
6. The social construction of prejudice --
7. The future for research on lesbianism.
Series Title: Inquiries in social construction series.
Responsibility: Celia Kitzinger.
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The old model of lesbianism as a pathological affliction has largely given way to a liberal social scientific one which presents it as an alternative lifestyle, a way of loving, a sexual preference, or a source of personal fulfilment. This book argues that the shift from "pathological" to "gay affirmative" research merely substitutes one depoliticized construction of the lesbian for another. The author contends that the liberal "social construction," instead of furthering the liberation of women, represents a new development in the oppression of women in general and lesbians in particular. Gay affirmative constructions are fundamentally incompatible with radical feminist theory in which lesbianism is a political statement representing the bonding of women against male supremacy. Kitzinger urges researchers to reject the traditional model of science as an objective search for truths or facts, but instead to examine their own rhetoric and evaluate their political commitments.--From publisher's description.

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