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ERIC Number: EJ836093
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-May
Pages: 20
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 47
ISSN: ISSN-0090-4392
Redefining the American Quilt: Definitions and Experiences of Community among Ethnically Diverse Lesbian and Bisexual Women
Lehavot, Keren; Balsam, Kimberly F.; Ibrahim-Wells, Gemma D.
Journal of Community Psychology, v37 n4 p439-458 May 2009
Lesbian and bisexual women from diverse backgrounds possess unique viewpoints regarding the meanings and functions of "community." Despite this, few studies have explored sexual minority women's understanding of and relationship to their communities. The present study employed qualitative research methods to investigate the meanings and functions of community among a sample of ethnically diverse lesbian and bisexual women (N = 49). From the participants' responses in semistructured focus groups and key informant interviews, three core constructs emerged: community concepts (relevance, meaning), community-based strain (racism, homophobia, biphobia, classism), and community-based action (fluidity, exclusivity). Implications of these findings for future research and practice with this population of women will be discussed. (Contains 1 footnote.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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