Deviant Identities January 31
1. How are deviant identities adopted?
2. How are deviant identities resisted?
3. How are deviant identities managed?
- Deviant labels are stigmatizing
- How do I live with said stigma?
4. How are deviant identities transformed?
- How do you stop thinking of yourself as a deviant?
- How do you shed the identity?
Case Study: Becoming Homosexual Richard Troiden
Interviewed 100 gay men and asked about the process. This is not a ‘set in stone’ process;
Troiden was particularly looking for common themes. Don’t look at this and think ‘this is how it
should happen’. Not a should paper.
1. Sensitization (under 13 years)
- Feeling different
- What is it that makes me different from everyone else?
- Towards end of the stage you may start to connect differences to sex..
- For the most part you’re not aware of why you feel different
- Not brought into the sexual realm just yet
2. Dissociation and Signification (late teens)
- Perhaps different because of sexuality?
- You want to dissociate yourself from this homosexual identity; reflection of a
- Perhaps they held stereotypes about the gay community previously? Now they are a
part of this community; deny this identity -Alternative explanations
- Pass off homosexual feelings as due to circumstances; ie in the Army or prison there is
a lack of female companionship and this may lead to homosexual urges etc:
- “Deep bond with fellow soldiers, friendship”; anything to avoid the true feelings
- “I’m feeling this now, but it will go away”
- Brings the issue to the front of your mind and magnifies it because you’re focusing on
it so much; trying to give other explanations
3. Coming Out (approximately 21 years): Coming out to yourself, NOT to others
- Self defin