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Journal Article

Crafting Stories of Sexual Identity Reconstruction

Christy M. Ponticelli
Social Psychology Quarterly
Vol. 62, No. 2, Special Issue: Qualitative Contributions to Social Psychology (Jun., 1999), pp. 157-172
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2695855
Page Count: 16
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Crafting Stories of Sexual Identity Reconstruction
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Abstract

In this paper I attempt to further our theoretical and methodological understanding of identity construction in general, and sexual identity construction in particular. Drawing from field research with one ex-gay ministry affiliated with Exodus International and Exodus literature, I analyze the process used by lesbian members to reconstruct their sexual identities. This analysis suggests that several social conditions necessary for religious conversion are also necessary for reconstruction of sexual identity. I propose that these general conditions also might explain broader instances of identity transformation in various contexts.

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