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ERIC Number: ED548938
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 195
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: 978-1-2677-5355-7
Performing Race, Gender, and Sexual Orientation in Context: How Undergraduates Make Meaning of the Multiple Dimensions of Their Identity
Marfield, John Darin
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, University of California, Los Angeles
Thinking of identity as a multi-dimensional process through which individuals actively experience and create the self-definition of themselves, this dissertation examines the multiple dimensions of identity that undergraduate college students consider when making meaning of their lives inside and outside of the classroom. Only recently have college student development theories considered the intersectionality of different dimensions of identity, and rarely have studies focused on gay or bisexual male students of color. This study utilized a qualitative methodology (phenomenologically based interviewing) to ascertain the conflicts among the different dimensions of identity of gay or bisexual cisgender Latino males. The students' narratives were used to describe how they performed their identity in different contexts. The theoretical framework played a significant role in describing the participants' identity performance and aimed at placing each life experience in a larger societal context. As a result, marginalizations, stereotypes, expectations of gender expression, and religious morality were some of the common themes that connected each student's individual self-identification and lived experience. My study makes a contribution by exploring the within group distinctions among singular categories of identity and by corroborating earlier theories and studies that describe identity as a fluid, self-constructive concept, which is often susceptible to societal and familial influences. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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