Researching Same-Sex Sexuality

  • Ketki RanadeEmail author


Methodological issues in the study of gay and lesbian sexual identity development are discussed in this chapter. Through examples of some of the seminal research studies on same-sex sexualities within medicine, psychiatry, and psychology, I argue in favour of a methodological framework that is rooted in the lived experiences of gay and lesbian individuals, and is attentive to the socio-cultural, political, and historical contexts within which these experiences unfold. I then discuss the life course perspective as a framework to study ‘growing up gay’. This framework underlies my inquiry into the growing-up experiences of forty young gay and lesbian persons, who grew up in the cities of Bombay and Pune during the 1980s and 1990s. In this chapter, I discuss my location as a researcher, as well as the location and contexts of my study participants. Some of the ethical issues and challenges that need to be addressed, while working with persons with non-normative sexualities, are discussed.


Life course theory Critical psychosocial perspective Socio-historical context 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Tata Institute of Social SciencesMumbaiIndia

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