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ERIC Number: EJ843877
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Aug
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 108
ISSN: ISSN-0047-2891
Configurations of Identity among Sexual Minority Youth: Context, Desire, and Narrative
Hammack, Phillip L.; Thompson, Elisabeth Morgan; Pilecki, Andrew
Journal of Youth and Adolescence, v38 n7 p867-883 Aug 2009
Youth with same-sex desire undergo a process of narrative engagement as they construct configurations of identity that provide meaning and coherence with available sexual taxonomies. This article presents a theoretical analysis and four case studies centering on the relationship among context, desire, and identity for youth with same-sex desire. Through an interpretive, holistic analysis of the personal narratives of youth, we examine the integration of same-sex desire, behavior, and identity in the general life story and the selective appropriation of elements of "master narratives" of sexual identity development. Narratives were characterized by challenges to integrate desire, behavior, and identity into a configuration that conformed to the received sexual taxonomy. Implications for theory and further research on sexual identity development are discussed.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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