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Between Gay and Straight : Understanding Friendship Across Sexual Orientation - Lisa M. Tillmann-Healy

Between Gay and Straight

Understanding Friendship Across Sexual Orientation

Paperback Published: 28th June 2001
ISBN: 9780759101111
Number Of Pages: 240

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It started as a class project--a young, married, small-town white woman interviewing a gay acquaintance and his circle of friends. From this developed a three-year exploration of the complexities of carrying on gay-straight friendships. This reflexive, thoughtful, and compellingly written study moves from gay bars to softball leagues to visits with families and friends, both gay and straight. During its course, the author develops a growing understanding of the differences between the two communities, the difficulties of developing bonds across groups, and the inherent rewards of seeking (and being) the Other in contemporary society. She explores sexuality, marriage, lifestyles, and the meanings of friendship, culminating in a boisterous dissertation defense attended by her new community of friends. As a study of a gay community, a narrative of personal development and change, and an exploration of the use of friendship in conducting research that transforms both participants and researcher, Tillmann-Healy's work will be compelling reading for scholars, students, and the broader community.

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A lively first-person account of her experiences, her husband's and their gay, lesbian and straight friends.--Richard Ousky "The Graphic, Lake City, Mn "

Acknowledgmentsp. vii
Introduction: Only Usp. 1
Beforep. 16
Contactp. 24
Tales from the (Softball) Fieldp. 38
Negotiating Academic and Personal Selvesp. 74
Life Projectsp. 105
Homewardp. 129
Talking through Meaningp. 181
Epilogue: Defending Lifep. 206
Postscriptp. 223
Notesp. 227
Bibliographyp. 239
About the Authorp. 247
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ISBN: 9780759101111
ISBN-10: 0759101116
Series: Ethnographic Alternatives Book Series
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 240
Published: 28th June 2001
Publisher: ALTA MIRA PR
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.81 x 14.78  x 1.42
Weight (kg): 0.34