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Community and Identity in an LGBT Softball League: Constitution, Practice, Negotiation, and Problematization

Abstract This study situated a lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) softball league within the logic of homonormativity and queer futurity and explored how community and identity were constituted, practiced, negotiated, and problematized. The project endeavored to address the questions: What is the meaning and significance of community for the League participants? To what extent and how does participation in the League affect gender and sexual identity discourse and practice? And, in the context of the League, how are dominant ideologies and power structures reinforced, disrupted, and produced? A critical ethnography was undertaken to render lives, relations, structures, and alternative possibilities visible. Data was collected through par... (more)
Created Date 2015
Contributor Mertel, Sara (Author) / Bortner, Peg (Advisor) / Allison, Maria (Committee member) / Mean, Lindsey (Committee member) / Kivel, Dana (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject GLBT studies / Community / Identity / LGBTQ / Sexuality / Sociology / Sport
Type Doctoral Dissertation
Extent 223 pages
Language English
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Note Doctoral Dissertation Recreation and Tourism Studies 2015
Collaborating Institutions Graduate College / ASU Library
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