Why a Social Psychology of Gay Men?
Despite significant progress in enhancing the rights of sexual minority individuals, important social and psychological challenges remain. The case for a social psychology of gay men is outlined. First, two case studies are presented to illustrate some of these challenges among gay men. Second, the chapter provides a brief historical overview of the development of gay identity in Britain. It is argued that events in history have helped shape collective understandings of what it means to be gay both in the general population and among gay men themselves. Third, social representations theory is described since it can shed light on these collective understandings, and it is argued that the theory should contribute to a social psychology of gay men. Fourth, an overview of this volume is provided.
KeywordsGay history Gay identity Social representations theory
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