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Author Formby, Eleanor, author

Title Exploring LGBT spaces and communities : contrasting identities, belongings and wellbeing / Eleanor Formby
Published New York : Routledge, 2017
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Description 1 online resource
Series Routledge advances in critical diversities ; 5
Routledge advances in critical diversities ; 5
Contents Introduction -- "Owning" and questioning LGBT communities -- Diversity, inequality and prejudice amongst LGBT people -- Lived experience and "doing" community -- Relationships to, within and beyond physical spaces -- The pleasures and pains of scene spaces -- Pride spaces, rituals and symbols -- Imagined communities and a sense of belonging -- Consequences for wellbeing -- Conclusions and implications
Summary "The phrase 'LGBT community' is often used by policy-makers, service providers, and lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT) people themselves, but what does it mean? What understandings and experiences does that term suggest, and ignore? Based on a UK-wide study funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, this book explores these questions from the perspectives of over 600 research participants. Examining ideas about community 'ownership'; 'difference' and diversity; relational practices within and beyond physical spaces; imagined communities and belongings; the importance of 'ritual' spaces and symbols, and consequences for wellbeing, the book foregrounds the lived experience of LGBT people to offer a broad analysis of commonalities and divergences in relation to LGBT identities. Drawing on an interdisciplinary perspective grounded in international social science research, the book will appeal to students and scholars with interests in sexual and/or gender identities in the fields of community studies, cultural studies, gender studies, geography, leisure studies, politics, psychology, sexuality studies, social policy, social work, socio-legal studies, and sociology. The book also offers implications for practice, suitable for policy-maker, practitioner, and activist audiences, as well as those with a more personal interest" -- From the publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Online resource; title from PDF title page (EBSCO, viewed July 12, 2017)
Description based on print version record
Subject Sexual minorities -- Social conditions.
Sexual minority community.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 1317602404 (electronic bk.)
1317602412 (electronic bk.)
9781317602408 (electronic bk.)
9781317602415 (electronic bk.)
Other Titles Exploring lesbians, gays, bisexuals, transgender people spaces and communities