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Sexuality

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Abstract


  • This chapter investigates sexuality as an individual and collective identity

    category. The notion of sexual identity is a particularly modern mode of identity and belonging originating in the West in the late nineteenth century and

    proliferating and transforming over the twentieth century. In this chapter, we explore how sexuality operates as a point of identity and belonging by, firstly, tracing the emergence of sexuality as the basis of personal and collective identities in the West. Once seen as behaviours or acts, sexual desires

    would gradually be framed in discourse as a critical and innate element of

    one's being. This discursive framing has seen the emergence of spatially

    enacted communities of desire in which a sense of belonging is derived from

    shared sexual identities. We then discuss how globalisation has worked .on

    and through sexuality as an identity category, noting the possibilities and

    problems in interactions between the local and the global. We conclude

    with an examination of the website of the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association (ILGA). By exploring ways in which

    this site both encourages and embodies a sense .of belonging to a globalised

    community based on minority sexual and gender identities, we consider

    the political potential and inherent complexities within such an imagined

    online community.

UOW Authors


Publication Date


  • 2016

Citation


  • McKinnon, S. & Gorman-Murray, A. (2016). Sexuality. In K. Huppatz, M. Hawkins & A. Matthews (Eds.), Identity and Belonging (pp. 57-70). London, United Kingdom: Palgrave Macmillan.

International Standard Book Number (isbn) 13


  • 9781137334923

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  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=4583&context=sspapers

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/sspapers/3575

Book Title


  • Identity and Belonging

Start Page


  • 57

End Page


  • 70

Place Of Publication


  • London, United Kingdom

Abstract


  • This chapter investigates sexuality as an individual and collective identity

    category. The notion of sexual identity is a particularly modern mode of identity and belonging originating in the West in the late nineteenth century and

    proliferating and transforming over the twentieth century. In this chapter, we explore how sexuality operates as a point of identity and belonging by, firstly, tracing the emergence of sexuality as the basis of personal and collective identities in the West. Once seen as behaviours or acts, sexual desires

    would gradually be framed in discourse as a critical and innate element of

    one's being. This discursive framing has seen the emergence of spatially

    enacted communities of desire in which a sense of belonging is derived from

    shared sexual identities. We then discuss how globalisation has worked .on

    and through sexuality as an identity category, noting the possibilities and

    problems in interactions between the local and the global. We conclude

    with an examination of the website of the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association (ILGA). By exploring ways in which

    this site both encourages and embodies a sense .of belonging to a globalised

    community based on minority sexual and gender identities, we consider

    the political potential and inherent complexities within such an imagined

    online community.

UOW Authors


Publication Date


  • 2016

Citation


  • McKinnon, S. & Gorman-Murray, A. (2016). Sexuality. In K. Huppatz, M. Hawkins & A. Matthews (Eds.), Identity and Belonging (pp. 57-70). London, United Kingdom: Palgrave Macmillan.

International Standard Book Number (isbn) 13


  • 9781137334923

Ro Full-text Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=4583&context=sspapers

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/sspapers/3575

Book Title


  • Identity and Belonging

Start Page


  • 57

End Page


  • 70

Place Of Publication


  • London, United Kingdom