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Exploring LGBT spaces and communities : contrasting identities, belongings and wellbeing

Author: Eleanor Formby
Publisher: New York : Routledge, 2017.
Series: Routledge advances in critical diversities, 5.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"The phrase 'LGBT community' is often used by policy-makers, service providers, and lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT) people themselves, but what does it mean? What understandings and experiences does that term suggest, and ignore? Based on a UK-wide study funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, this book explores these questions from the perspectives of over 600 research participants. Examining  Read more...
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Formby, Eleanor.
Exploring LGBT spaces and communities.
New York, NY : Routledge, 2017
(DLC) 2017004157
(OCoLC)919480066
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Eleanor Formby
ISBN: 1317602412 9781317602415 9781317602408 1317602404 9781315747798 1315747790
OCLC Number: 992518910
Description: 1 online resource
Contents: Introduction --
"Owning" and questioning LGBT communities --
Diversity, inequality and prejudice amongst LGBT people --
Lived experience and "doing" community --
Relationships to, within and beyond physical spaces --
The pleasures and pains of scene spaces --
Pride spaces, rituals and symbols --
Imagined communities and a sense of belonging --
Consequences for wellbeing --
Conclusions and implications.
Series Title: Routledge advances in critical diversities, 5.
Other Titles: Exploring lesbians, gays, bisexuals, transgender people spaces and communities
Responsibility: Eleanor Formby.

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"The phrase 'LGBT community' is often used by policy-makers, service providers, and lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT) people themselves, but what does it mean? What understandings and experiences does that term suggest, and ignore? Based on a UK-wide study funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, this book explores these questions from the perspectives of over 600 research participants. Examining ideas about community 'ownership'; 'difference' and diversity; relational practices within and beyond physical spaces; imagined communities and belongings; the importance of 'ritual' spaces and symbols, and consequences for wellbeing, the book foregrounds the lived experience of LGBT people to offer a broad analysis of commonalities and divergences in relation to LGBT identities. Drawing on an interdisciplinary perspective grounded in international social science research, the book will appeal to students and scholars with interests in sexual and/or gender identities in the fields of community studies, cultural studies, gender studies, geography, leisure studies, politics, psychology, sexuality studies, social policy, social work, socio-legal studies, and sociology. The book also offers implications for practice, suitable for policy-maker, practitioner, and activist audiences, as well as those with a more personal interest"--The publisher.

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