Narrating the Closet: An Autoethnography of Same-Sex Attraction

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Left Coast Press, Mar 15, 2012 - Social Science - 215 pages
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Motivated by the death of his partner, Adams seeks to redefine the closet as a relational construct between all people and all sexualities. The closet is explored at each stage—entering it, inhabiting it, and coming out of it—and strategies are offered for reframing difficult closet experiences. Adams makes use of interviews, personal narratives, and autoethnography to analyze lived, relational experiences of sexuality. This is a must have for scholars and students of gender studies, qualitative research, and for any reader who has felt the closet’s reach.
 

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Contents

Preface
7
Prologue
11
1 Coming Out Matters
21
The Time of Coming In
39
The Time of Being Closeted
63
The Time of Coming Out
85
5 Paradoxes of the Closet
109
6 Making Change Writing Hope
129
Epilogue
149
Notes on Method Criticism and Representation
153
Notes
173
References
181
Index
203
About the Author
215
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Tony E. Adams (Ph.D., University of South Florida) is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication, Media and Theatre at Northeastern Illinois University. He studies and teaches about interpersonal and family communication, qualitative research, communication theory, and sex, gender, and sexuality. He has published in journals such as Qualitative Inquiry, Soundings, Cultural Studies ? Critical Methodologies, Symbolic Interaction, Communication Teacher, and The Review of Communication, and books such as The Handbook of Critical and Interpretive Methodologies (Sage) and Qualitative Inquiry and Human Rights (Left Coast Press).

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