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The Case of Internalized Homophobia

The Case of Internalized Homophobia This paper suggests that theoretical formulations do not stand apart from research and practice but rather themselves represent forms of praxis. This proposal is illustrated by an alternative perspective on the psychological construct of internalized homophobia. Calling upon postmodern construals of self and identity, the authors argue that the usual distinction between homophobia-in-the-world and internalized homophobia as experienced and expressed by non-heterosexual individuals is a false one. Rather, all members of a homonegative society incorporate and convey homonegative attitudes, reflecting common rather than differential expressions of that homonegativity. A new term, homonegating processes, is proposed as more encompassing and useful than current terminology. In addition, the paper argues that the assumption of such an alternative perspective both expresses and engenders alternative enactments in psychological practice. The paper closes with an exploration of some pragmatic implications of this analysis. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Theory & Psychology SAGE

The Case of Internalized Homophobia

Theory & Psychology , Volume 16 (3): 24 – Jun 1, 2006

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0959-3543
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1461-7447
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10.1177/0959354306064283
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Abstract

This paper suggests that theoretical formulations do not stand apart from research and practice but rather themselves represent forms of praxis. This proposal is illustrated by an alternative perspective on the psychological construct of internalized homophobia. Calling upon postmodern construals of self and identity, the authors argue that the usual distinction between homophobia-in-the-world and internalized homophobia as experienced and expressed by non-heterosexual individuals is a false one. Rather, all members of a homonegative society incorporate and convey homonegative attitudes, reflecting common rather than differential expressions of that homonegativity. A new term, homonegating processes, is proposed as more encompassing and useful than current terminology. In addition, the paper argues that the assumption of such an alternative perspective both expresses and engenders alternative enactments in psychological practice. The paper closes with an exploration of some pragmatic implications of this analysis.

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Theory & PsychologySAGE

Published: Jun 1, 2006

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