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  • The Global ETD Search service is a free service for researchers to find electronic theses and dissertations. This service is provided by the Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations.
    Our metadata is collected from universities around the world. If you manage a university/consortium/country archive and want to be added, details can be found on the NDLTD website.

Performing sissinesses online : Taiwanese cybersissies resisting gender and sexual norms

Lin, Dennis Chwen-der 2006 (has links)
No description available.

Gay male and bisexual non-monogamies : resistance, power and normalisation

Klesse, Christian 2004 (has links)
No description available.

Enacting Activism: The political, legal and social impacts of LGBT activism in Portugal

Santos, Ana Cristina 2008 (has links)
The title "Enacting Activism" suggests the idea of activism applied to different fields, at the same time that it highlights the power of social movements in respect to influencing change. Situated at the intersection of new social movement theory and queer studies, this thesis examines the impact of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) activism in Portugal since 1995.

Love in a big city : sexuality, kinship, and citizenship amongst lala ('lesbian') women in Beijing

Engebretsen, Elisabeth Lund 2008 (has links)
This thesis is a critical analysis of individual and collective aspects of same-sex sexuality between women in post-millennial Beijing. I argue that sexual subjectivity ('lala'), rather than being a stable core constituent of self, is continually being produced by, and produces, social aspects of personhood, including bonds of kinship and national belonging. In particular, the fundamental interrelationship between gender and sexual difference in producing subjectivity is probed. I argue that transformations in gender norms in the domain of family, marriage, and alongside national socio-economic development, have enabled lala subjectivity to emerge. I demonstrate the Chinese-specific anchoring of lala, and thereby I critique globalization, sexuality, and China scholarship that predict inevitable Westernization and progress-oriented modernity, including Western-like queer life. My thesis is based on twenty months' anthropological fieldwork, mainly utilizing the methods of participant observation, semi-structured and informal conversations. The core group of informants numbers ninety-five. Chapters 1 and 2 develop an ethnographically informed theoretical framework for the study of sexuality and gender in China. Chapters 3 and 4 present social geographies and narratives to demonstrate the interrelationship between gendered sexual subjectivity and social factors that together constitute selfhood, including age/generation, socio-economic background, marital status, motherhood, and residency. Chapters 5 and 6 discuss the enduring importance of kinship and marriage, and present ethnographies of marital strategies including same-sex, lala-gay contract marriages, 'conventional' marriages, and resistance. Chapter 7 discusses lala community and social activism. It compares post-millennial initiatives with those in the 1990s, and with regional and global activism. The extensive ethnographic material and critical analysis of kinship, marriage, relationships, and community demonstrate that non-normative sexuality is not inherently transgressive. Conforming is a strongly felt personal desire, not simply an imposed duty. Strategies which ensure the appearance of hetero-feminine and marital conformity and normative national belonging ('Chineseness') are being creatively and continually combined with growing possibilities for lala ways of life in Beijing.

Queering heteronormativity at home in London

Pilkey, B. S. 2013 (has links)
This thesis offers a London-based contemporary study of sexuality at home. I draw from architectural history, feminist and queer theory as well as geographies of sexualities to interrogate the stability of domesticity. Highlighting everyday homemaking practices of more than 40 non-heterosexual households in London, I seek to complicate one overarching regime of power that dominates our cultural value system: heteronormativity – the idea that normative heterosexuality is the default sexuality to which everyone must conform or declare themselves against. The project is a response to three decades of academic research that has looked at the spatialised ways in which sexual identity unfolds in, for the most part, peripheral zones in the ‘Western’ metropolis, spaces beyond the domestic realm. This thesis takes a different architectural approach; one where through interviewing 47 lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) Londoners, as well as eleven domestic tradespeople that work in these homes, agency is given to small-scale domestic interventions and everyday actions. The concept of ‘queering’ is important to the framework, which, in the context of the thesis, is understood as an on-going process that LGBTQ people are engaged in through homemaking and daily living. Although some participants may not see this as a political act, I argue otherwise and suggest queering at home is a form of political activism. Through mundane domestic actions the overarching structure of heteronormativity might be challenged. I contend that queering the home unfolds in various, complex and conflicting ways. The thesis seeks to provoke both queer theory and politics, by opening up existing approaches and remits to allow room for a domestic method. In addition, the thesis seeks to challenge assumptions within architecture but also in the wider sense. I aim to break down stereotypes surrounding non-heterosexual homemaking practices that architectural studies and media representations problematically reproduce.

Belonging, being and borders : understanding collective identities

Mylles, Alexander 2008 (has links)
This thesis is a theoretical analysis of organisational identity, community and belonging. I use a debate concerning transgender inclusion/exclusion to exemplify the identity work of the Council members of Morton Hall, a UK based public sector LGB organisation. I draw on a range of queer, feminist and post-structural theorists in explicating the processes of dis/identification that I have observed. I elucidate the complex, and often contradictory, relationship between gender and sexuality by employing discourse/narrative analysis on the transcripts of interviews and meetings of the organisation. The reasons given by Council members for either including or excluding transgender from the organisation give insights into the identity constructions of the individuals themselves, and of the organisation as a whole. This is combined with a diverse and distinctive theoretical approach which aims to utilise contemporary queer and gender theory as well as less obvious thinkers such as Nietzsche, Durkheim, Hegel, Bataille and Deleuze and Guattari. Using these theorists I develop the argument that the transgression of normative gender codes is central to the creation of a boundary between gender and sexuality which instigates the exclusionary practice adopted by the organisation at the conclusion of the debate. Whilst the research site specifically relates to sexual and gender identity, the theoretical conclusions regarding the construction of collective identity and the formation of community are widely applicable.

Nation queer? : discourses of nationhood and homosexuality in times of transformation : case studies from Poland

Kulpa, Robert 2013 (has links)
This thesis explores the relationship between discourses of nationhood and homosexuality in the context of Polish “post-communist transformations” that have taken place over the last decade. It begins with the hypothesis that there must be a more complex relationship between the two discourses than a situation where nationhood simply and straightforwardly rejects the homosexuality. As such, the thesis explores possibilities for going beyond (or further into) the dialectics of the same/other, as a way to develop understandings about the relationship between the nation and homosexuality. The focus is on undercurrents and internal dynamics, constantly negotiating and re-working mutual dependencies between the two discourses. In this context, the thesis is especially geared to exploring the “unforeseen” (or possible), the “wilful”, “unintended” (or hoped for) in the two discourses. The thesis is organised around three major research problems: (1) How is homosexuality framed by national discourse (when performed by the nationstate)? (2) How do discourses of homosexuality relate to nationhood (in times of national distress)? (3) How might national/ist rhetoric be present in discourses of LGBT organisations? Methodologically, the thesis is grounded in a case study approach and discourse analysis. Overall, I argue that we may map out the relations between the nationhood and homosexuality through discourses of rejection as well as dependency, oscillating on the continuum between “sameness” and “otherness”. These relations are best described via the concepts of “dis-location”, “be-longing”, “attachment”, and “dis-identification”. This research is important for at least three reasons. There is a scarcity of work about sexualities in Central and Eastern Europe and a need for more work in this area. Additionally, we have recently witnessed a rise of concern with “homonationalism” in queer studies. Attention to Poland is a valuable addition to this scholarship, which so far is about only the “West” and “Islam”. Finally, it also contributes to nationalism studies, where sexuality is still an under-explored topic, and it offers new insights for scholars interested in Polish nationalism studies.

A qaulitative analysis of lesbian's accounts of sexual and relationship experiences, satisfaction and problems

Creith, Elaine 2002 (has links)
The accounts given by ten lesbians of their sexual and relationship experiences were analysed using Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis (IPA). The emergent themes were compared to the existing literature on lesbian sexual relationships, and psychological approaches and models of sexual and relationship practices. The rationale for conducting this study was to contribute to a growing body of lesbian and gay research by exploring the domains of lesbian sexual and relationship practices using a qualitative research design. The research aimed to address the 'normalised absence and pathological presence' of lesbians' in mainstream psychological literatures. This research was concerned with exploring how the respondents understood and described their sexual and relational practices. The findings illustrate that the accounts given were not 'problem saturated narratives' but descriptions located in the context of everyday life. While 'problem areas' were identified including issues relating to frequency of sexual activity, appraisals and attributions differed from explanations in the literature. A number of additional themes were also identified which have previously been undocumented. These included: risk perception and management of threats to the relationship; experiences of relationship breakdown; descriptions of lesbian love; strengths of the relationship; how sexual practices and psychosexual difficulties are defined and the limited language available to describe them. The findings are critically discussed in relation to existing theoretical perspectives and clinical models available to practitioners working with lesbian clients. Recommendations are made with regard to good practice with sexual minority clients, training needs of clinical psychologists, and theoretical and research development in the domain of lesbian relationships. II

Same-sex couple counselling : a qualitative study of client perspectives

Grove, Janet Ann 2014 (has links)
The voice of same-sex couple clients has been largely absent from the academic literature. In this thesis, I contribute to this literature by exploring these clients’ experiences of counselling. My aim is to contribute to good practice in counselling and psychotherapy through reflecting on client experiences, and identifying more effective ways of enhancing the therapeutic process. The research in this thesis adopts a predominantly qualitative approach, drawing on three different episodes of data collection: exploratory interviews, an internet survey, and, finally, follow-up interviews with both individuals and couples. I examine the data using thematic analysis, descriptive statistics and discourse analysis. In the exploratory interviews, participants’ narratives showed that they were conscious of, and took the responsibility for managing the potential impact of stigma in their counselling sessions. The internet survey helped to clarify the criteria couples used in their search for counselling, and the ways in which the power of the therapist could both silence the couples and facilitate positive change. In the follow-up interviews, participants positioned their relationships as both the same as, and different from, different-sex relationships, and were sensitised to respond to counsellors’ expressions of power, particularly in relation to the reinforcing of heterosexual norms. Same-sex couple relationships need to be acknowledged by counsellors both as ‘just another relationship’ and as a relationship that is validly different from heterosexual relationships. More specific publicity, stating the extent of the counsellors’ experiences with same-sex couples would enable same-sex couples to make more informed choices in the search for therapy. In addition, counsellors need to develop the knowledge and ease necessary for working with issues of sameness and difference, and to be alert to the impact of power imbalances on clients’ progress in therapy.

A qualitative analysis of transgender women's lived experiences of one-to-one psychosocial support in the context of presenting as female

Callan, Emily 2014 (has links)
Literature Review : A systematic review was conducted to explore the psychological impact of surgical gender realignment procedures. The results appear suggestive of a better psychological adjustment for males-to-females regarding the functional outcomes of surgery, however more difficulty with integrating into society. Females-to-males report greater dissatisfaction with surgical outcomes but experience greater social integration, which in turn impacts positively on their psychological well-being. Contemporary studies appeared more inclusive of social and economic factors influencing successful gender transition. It is suggested that although there remains considerable psychological distress related to a range of factors, surgical intervention may help to alleviate psychological discomfort, though these results are taken as inferential rather than conclusive. A discussion of the clinical implications and future research discuss how research may further address the exploration of transgender psychological experience. Research Report : The present study provides a qualitative exploration of the experiences of transgender individuals who sought one to one psychosocial support through the process of changing their physical appearance to reflect their internal experience of gender. The findings illustrate how internalisation of distal societal attitudes often led to marked psychological distress. The women sought to illustrate their experiences of self and others beyond the borders of their physical appearance, and bring to light both the psychosocial experiences they have been expected to tolerate, and the impact this had on them. The power of being listened to was a valuable source of support for the women. Clinical implications and future recommendations are discussed in relation to further research opportunities and enhancing understanding in a relatively unexplored area of clinical practice. Critical Appraisal : A critical appraisal of the research process and learning outcomes of the researcher are described and discussed.

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