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Document Type Master's Dissertation
Author Wolson, Shane
Email shanewolson@webmail.co.za
URN etd-09182007-121756
Document Title In conversation with a gay man : a deconstruction of autobiographical documents
Degree MA (Counselling Psychology)
Department Psychology
Supervisor
Advisor Name Title
Dr L M Eskell-Blokland
Keywords
  • interpretative
  • marginalised groups
  • autobiographical works
  • sense of identity
  • closet
  • coming out
  • change
  • story/ narrative
  • qualitative
  • social constructionist
Date 2006-01-21
Availability unrestricted
Abstract
This study offers the reader an opportunity to glimpse the world and narrative of a gay man recently come out of the closet and to be invited to participate in his search for improved understanding of his sense of identity. It is a study of autobiographical works in order to gain insight into the changes occurring in the authorís sense of identity but is also in itself an autobiographical work. It is a reflection on the authorís story and an interpretation of aspects of that story, using selected documents written by him over a period of time, in order to highlight specific changes that occur in his sense of identity. The aim of this study is to generate some insight into the sense of identity of a gay man, and optimistically other marginalised groups of people, with specific focus on the changes that have occurred over. This study will be approached from a social constructionist paradigm using qualitative and interpretative methods to analyse the various autobiographical works. This will provide information on the changes that occur over time in a gay manís sense of identity.

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