Homophobia and the production of shame: young people and same sex attraction

Hillier, Lynne and Harrison, Lyn 2004, Homophobia and the production of shame: young people and same sex attraction, Culture, health and sexuality, vol. 6, no. 1, pp. 79-94.

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Title Homophobia and the production of shame: young people and same sex attraction
Author(s) Hillier, Lynne
Harrison, Lyn
Journal name Culture, health and sexuality
Volume number 6
Issue number 1
Start page 79
End page 94
Publisher Routledge
Place of publication London, England
Publication date 2004-01
ISSN 1369-1058
1464-5351
Summary Research among same-sex attracted young people in Western cultures has described a minority group of adolescents whose sexuality is negated by the significant institutions and people in their lives. Very often, there is a silence in the family and at school about same-sex sexuality and when a young person's homosexuality is suspected or disclosed s/he suffers from denial, discrimination and abuse. Not surprisingly, living in hostile environments leaves such young people at high-risk of drug abuse, depression and suicide. This paper describes some of the ways young people resist being positioned in these negative ways. Using autobiographical stories from 200 same-sex attracted young Australians, we document the discursive field of sexuality in which these young people struggle to construct positive identities. Young people were well aware of dominant discourses which characterized homosexuality as 'evil, diseased and unnatural'. Yet they use different strategies to fault, deflect and discount these negative understandings and to highlight other discourse which positions them positively.
Language eng
Field of Research 130399 Specialist Studies in Education not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2004 Taylor & Francis Ltd
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30008769

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Social and Cultural Studies in Education
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