Rethinking asexuality: a symbolic interactionist account

Scott, S. and Dawson, M. (2015) Rethinking asexuality: a symbolic interactionist account. Sexualities, 18(1-2), pp. 3-19. (doi: 10.1177/1363460714531273)

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This article aims to contribute a Symbolic Interactionist approach to the study of asexuality. Previous research in psychology, sexology and sociology has had an individualized focus, which has downplayed the interactive and relational dimensions of asexual identities. In order to capture such elements we demonstrate the relevance of some key Symbolic Interactionist concepts: meaning, negotiation, social selfhood and trajectory. In doing so, we suggest it is possible to see asexual identity as a process of becoming within the context of negotiation with intimate others.

Item Type:Articles (Other)
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Dawson, Dr Matt
Authors: Scott, S., and Dawson, M.
Subjects:H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Social and Political Sciences > Sociology Anthropology and Applied Social Sciences
Journal Name:Sexualities
Publisher:SAGE Publications
ISSN (Online):1461-7382

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