1st Edition

The Theory and Practice of Homosexuality

By John Hart, Diane Richardson Copyright 1981
    218 Pages
    by Routledge

    First published in 1981 and now with a new preface by the renowned scholar Jeffrey Weeks, The Theory and Practice of Homosexuality discusses the way people who are homosexuals see themselves and are seen by others. It provides a conceptual framework to account for the development and maintenance of a homosexual identity in a politico-cultural context, with a minimizing of psychological and social pathology.  

    The book is divided into three sections. Part one considers the major theoretical models relating to homosexuality. Part two explores identities and lifestyles, and part three presents the practical problems confronting homosexuals. A comprehensive and bold study, this volume will be a valuable read for students and researchers of sociology and LGBTQ+ studies.


    Part One: Theory and Practice 

    1. Theoretical perspectives on homosexuality

    Diane Richardson

    2. Theoretical explanations in practice

    John Hart

    Part Two: Identities and Lifestyles

    3. The development and maintenance of a homosexual identity

    Diane Richardson and John Hart

    4. Going gay: identities, life cycles and lifestyles in the male gay world

    Kenneth Plummer

    5. Lesbian identities

    Diane Richardson

    Part Three: Presenting Problems

    6. Self and professional help

    John Hart

    7. The legal problems of homosexuals

    Charles Dodd

    8. Lesbian mothers

    Diane Richardson

    9. presenting problems of gay people seeking help

    Glenys Parry and Ray Lightbown

    10. Married and isolated homosexuals

    Diane Richardson and John Hart

    11. Young gays

    Rose Robertson

    12. The problems of older homosexuals

    Jeffrey Weeks


    John Hart, at the time of the first publication, taught at Sheffield City Polytechnic.

    Diane Richardson is Professor of Sociology & Social Policy at Newcastle University, UK. She has a long-standing interest in the fields of gender and sexuality, especially the areas of sexual citizenship, which is grounded in the materiality of everyday life and in feminist politics. She has led numerous research projects, including an ESRC funded project on the implementation of sexualities equalities policies in the UK.