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Resisting the binary: Discourses of identity and diversity in bisexual politics 1988-1996

Bowes-Catton, Helen (2007). Resisting the binary: Discourses of identity and diversity in bisexual politics 1988-1996. Lesbian and Gay Psychology Review, 8(1) pp. 58–70.

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Abstract

In this article, post-structural discourse analysis is used to examine discourses of identity in the political literature of the UK bisexual movement during the period 1988-1996. Two competing discursive strategies are identified, both of which draw on academic discourses of essentialism and constructionism to articulate resistance to dominant binary categories of sexuality. The first of these strategies seeks to establish bisexuality as essential and authentic, dismissing homosexuality and heterosexuality as socially constructed. The second presents bisexuality as unifying and liberating, compared to divisive and restrictive binary categories.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2007 The British Psychological Society
ISSN: 1467-2472
Keywords: bisexuality; essentialism; identity; post-structural discourse analysis; queer; social constructionism
Academic Unit/School: Other Departments > Research and Academic Strategy
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Item ID: 49722
Depositing User: Helen Bowes-Catton
Date Deposited: 27 Jun 2017 09:48
Last Modified: 15 Dec 2018 11:37
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/49722
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