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Course of Gay and Lesbian Lives Social and Psychoanalytic Perspectives

ISBN-10: 0226113035

ISBN-13: 9780226113036

Edition: 2000

Authors: Bertram J. Cohler, Robert M. Galatzer-Levy

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We live in a society obsessed with tracing the cause of homosexuality. Is there a gene that can be identified? Or do the origins lie outside of biology in the cultural context of childhood or adolescence? Most importantly, should we care about any of these questions? Drawing on their own work with gays, lesbians, and bisexuals as well as other pertinent studies, psychoanalysts Bertram J. Cohler and Robert Galatzer-Levy have written a groundbreaking work that examines how psychological development and clinical intervention as well as social and historical change across generations contribute to how we think about sexuality. The authors argue that there is little support for assuming that homosexuality has a biological basis. Recognizing the many pathways that lead to same-gender sexual orientation, the authors conclude that the cause is much less important than understanding the meaning of being homosexual. They consider the destructive nature of an intolerant society that fosters so-called conversion psychotherapy and stress the importance of helping to rebuild a sense of coherence and personal integrity among homosexuals.
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Book details

List price: $60.00
Copyright year: 2000
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 8/1/2000
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 552
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.936
Language: English

Preface
Acknowledgments
Homosexuality and Psychological Inquiry
Gay and Lesbian Lives and Psychoanalytic Inquiry
Perspectives on the Study of Sexual Orientation
The Question of Origins and the Course of Psychosocial Development
Biology, Sexuality, and the Foundation of Human Sexual Orientation
Storied Accounts and Psychoanalytic Understandings of the Childhoods of Gay Men and Women
Adolescence and Youth: Realizing Gay and Lesbian Sexual Identity
Lesbian and Gay Lives across the Adult Years
Gender Orientation and Issues in Psychoanalytic Intervention
Sexual Orientation and Personal Distress: Shame, Stigma, and Homophobia
Sexual Orientation and Evaluation of Personal Adjustment
Psychodynamics of Sexual Orientation
"Ego-Dystonic" Homosexuality and the Issue of Reparative Therapy
Psychoanalytic Intervention among Gay Men and Women
Self, Sexual Identity, and the Psychoanalytic Situation
Conclusion: Toward a Developmental Perspective on Gay and Lesbian Lives
References
Author Index
Subject Index