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Living differently : gay male undergraduates' student experiences

Taulke-Johnson, Richard;
Open Access English
  • Country: United Kingdom
Abstract
In this thesis I present a snapshot of the university lives and experiences of 17 gay male undergraduate students attending an institution in the UK. I draw upon thematic analysis of data obtained from individual, in-depth, face-to-face, semi-structured interviews. My main focus of investigation is the ways in which participants' higher education biographies compare and contrast with dominant accounts of the gay student experience, which are characterised by intolerance, harassment, victimisation, heterosexism and homophobia. My theoretical framework is derived from university space being, like all non-gay-speciflc space, pervaded by discourses of compulsory het...
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INTRODUCTION: LIVING D IFFEREN TLY?.........................................1 1. Conceptual underpinnings............................................................2 • A note on term inology.............................................6 2. 'Autobiography of the question' .................................................. 7 3. Research questions, and thesis structure and contents............11 • Going forw ard........................................................ 14

C a m p u s C l i m a t e s F o r G a y S t u d e n t s ......................................15 1. Matthew Shepard as ic o n ............................................................ 16 2. Academic work on gay students................................................ 19 3. Alternative stories....................................................................... 25 C onclusion........................................................................................30

4. Data analysis.............................................................................. 62 • Critical engagement with participants' d a ta 64

Conclusion........................................................................................66

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A n d R o l e O f S e x u a l i t y ......................................................................67 1. Participant penpictures............................................................... 67 2. Role o f sexuality..........................................................................72 C onclusion........................................................................................ 81

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G a y M a l e S t u d e n t s ' U n i v e r s i t y C h o i c e s ...........................83 1. Contextualising university choice...........................................83 2. C la ss.............................................................................................. 86 3. M igration......................................................................................91 • Migration fro m ...................................................... 91 • Migration tow ards................................................ 100 C onclusion...................................................................................... 105

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O f U n i v e r s i t y a c c o m m o d a t i o n S p a c e ............................... 107 1. Gay students and university accomm odation.........................108 2. 'Educating' flatm ates.................................................................111 3. (Hetero)sexualising student accommodation sp ace............... 116 4. Regulating sexuality in student accommodation sp a ce 121 5. Negotiating heteronormativity................................................. 127 Conclusion...................................................................................... 134

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N a r r a t i v e s ................................................................................................136 1. Dominant coming out narratives............................................. 137 • Coming out at university.................................... 139 2. Coming out considerations.......................................................140 • Coming out prior to university.......................... 140 • Reasons for coming o u t...................................... 142 • Reasons for not coming o u t............................... 146 • How to come o u t................................................. 149 • Responses to coming o u t.................................... 154 Conclusion...................................................................................... 158

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