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Life course perspectives on (bi)sexuality: Methodological tools to deprivilege current identities

Jones, Rebecca L. (2019). Life course perspectives on (bi)sexuality: Methodological tools to deprivilege current identities. Sexualities (Early Access).

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Abstract

Scholars of sexuality have known for many years that sexual identity claims do not map neatly on to sexual histories. However, many studies continue to use currently claimed sexual identities as the basis for data collection and analysis, which can erase this complexity, particularly in relation to bisexuality. This paper identifies four methodological techniques that help to operationalise theoretical sensitivity around the complex relationship between identities and histories. It does so by bringing together life course perspectives and two mixed methods datasets from older people with bisexual histories. Combining life course perspectives with these unusual datasets makes evident the particular way in which moment-in-time perspectives oversimplify sexuality and privilege monosexual identities. A life course approach thus helps to explain a long-standing puzzle in the study of sexuality: the relative under-claiming of bisexual identities compared to the prevalence of bisexual behaviours. Furthermore, it offers methodological tools that facilitate richer theorisations of sexuality more widely.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2018 The Author
ISSN: 1461-7382
Keywords: bisexuality; methodology; ageing; life course; sexual identities
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS) > Health, Wellbeing and Social Care > Health and Social Care
Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS) > Health, Wellbeing and Social Care
Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS)
Research Group: Citizenship and Governance
Health and Wellbeing PRA (Priority Research Area)
Item ID: 53070
Depositing User: Rebecca Jones
Date Deposited: 05 Feb 2018 10:06
Last Modified: 10 Jun 2019 14:54
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/53070
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