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Peacocks, Chameleons, Centaurs: Gay Suburbia and the Grammar of Social Identity

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What does it mean to be a gay man living in the suburbs? Do you identify primarily as gay, or suburban, or some combination of the two? For that matter, how does anyone decide what his or her identity is?

In this first-ever ethnography of American gay suburbanites, Wayne H. Brekhus demonstrates that who one is depends at least in part on where and when one is. For many urba
Paperback, 272 pages
Published October 1st 2003 by University Of Chicago Press
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Apr 14, 2015 Cara rated it liked it
While I think this was a great representation of the ideal types the author set out to explain, and I've seen them realized in my everyday life, this book was incredibly drawn out. The examples were supple, helping the layperson to see where else besides gay surburbia these ideal types can be witnessed. But the overall concepts were so exhausted and the book became increasingly repetitive. There was little reason for each chapter to be so long, as much of the same thing was said over and over ag ...more
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