Growing Up Gay: Interrogating Disciplinary Frames

  • Ketki RanadeEmail author


This chapter introduces the readers to some of the theoretical frameworks that have been used to understand the focal themes of this book: childhood/s, growing up gay, self and identity development, construction of normative and non-normative sexualities. I discuss, here, traditional perspectives within developmental psychology, childhood studies, and micro sociology on child development, socialization, and role of family, and bring a critical and queer perspective to these understandings. The chapter also discusses the social construction of normative and non-normative sexualities as well as the historical medicalization and pathologization of same-sex sexuality within the mental health sciences. Finally, the chapter lays out contexts of LGBTQ lives in urban India, which forms the backdrop against which my inquiry on ‘gay childhood/s and growing up’ is to be read.


Growing up Gay and lesbian Identity development Childhood studies 


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