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The Challenges of Being a Rural Gay Man

Coping with Stigma, 1st Edition

By Deborah Bray Preston, Anthony R. D'Augelli


192 pages | 13 B/W Illus.

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Gay men often face struggles in the conservative world of rural life, due to the pervasive social stigmas associated with homosexuality and the lack of anonymity in a small-town setting. In this book, Preston and D’Augelli present the results of in-depth interviews and surveys with rural gay men, providing unique and hitherto unknown perspectives on their experiences coping with intolerance. With sensitivity and humor, the authors narrate their attempts at accessing this hidden population in bars, campgrounds, social clubs, and political groups. This volume is a must-read for researchers, academics, and graduate and post-graduate students in health care, nursing, health policy, and social and psychological science.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction 2. Research Methods 3. Living in Rural Communities 4. Relating to Families 5. Establishing a Sexual Identity 6. Developing Partnerships 7. Engaging in Sexual Behavior 8. Conclusions. Appendix A: Tables.

About the Authors

Deborah Bray Preston is Professor Emerita in the School of Nursing at Pennsylvania State University.

Anthony R. D’Augelli is Professor of Human Development and Associate Dean of Undergraduate Programs and Outreach in the College of Health and Human Development at Pennsylvania State University.

About the Series

Routledge Advances in Sociology

This series presents cutting-edge developments and debates within the field of sociology. It provides a broad range of case studies and the latest theoretical perspectives, while covering a variety of topics, theories and issues from around the world. It is not confined to any particular school of thought.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / Rural