Degree Type

Thesis

Date of Award

2020

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy

Department

Sociology

Major

Sociology

First Advisor

David Schweingruber

Abstract

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.

DOI

https://doi.org/10.31274/etd-20200624-82

Copyright Owner

David W. Wahl

Language

en

File Format

application/pdf

File Size

324 pages

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