Date of Award
Doctor of Philosophy
Jeffrey Weeks noted, "We are the makers of sexual history." This dissertation explores the construction of sexual selves through a symbolic interactionist perspective. In the presentation of individuals' shared narratives of who they are sexually and the capacity they have for sexual desire and behaviors, this study expands the range of how sexual selves emerge, develop, alter, sustain, transform, or deconstruct. Included in the investigation is the role social stigmatization, shame, and internal dialogues play in the emergence or hampering of sexual self-development. Through the stories people tell, this study explains the processual dynamic of sexual selfhood and how individuals do sexuality.
David W. Wahl
Wahl, David W., "Speaking through the silence: Narratives, interaction, and the construction of sexual selves" (2020). Graduate Theses and Dissertations. 17903.