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ERIC Number: ED153279
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977
Pages: 22
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"Gayspeak": The Generic/Idiosyncratic Distinction and the Creation of an Academic Fairytale.
Darsey, James
Idiosyncratic studies illumintate the unique characteristics of a phenomenon, while generic studies create general statements based on the conformity of many phenomena. This document explicates Joseph Hayes' article, "Gayspeak," in terms of this distinction and seeks to define gay studies as a legitimate academic discipline. The way in which Hayes describes three social contexts of a Gayspeak--the secret, the social, and the radical-activist is analyzed with regard to its reflection of generic principles. The idiosyncratic approach--isolation and study of those traits that are unique to gay people--is recommended in order to help make gay studies into a coherent academic area. The document concludes with a discussion of questions and problems that could give direction to further research. (CC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Note: Study prepared at the University of Wisconsin