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Title: Stigma narratives: LGBT transitions and identities in Malta
Authors: Bradford, S
Clark, M
Keywords: LGBT young people;Stigma;Narratives of transition;Heteronormativity
Issue Date: 2011
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Citation: International Journal of Adolescence and Youth, 16(2), 179 - 201, 2011
Abstract: This article considers narratives of transition experiences of a group of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) young people in Malta. The article draws on Goffman's concept of stigma and uses this to explore transitions in a society that retains some traditional characteristics, particularly the code of honour and shame, although mediated by aspects of modernity. Interviews were undertaken with 15 young people with the goal of producing narratives. The article analyses the experience of stigma, its effects and how young people manage its consequences. It concludes by drawing attention to the pervasive nature of stigma and the importance of structure, agency and reflexivity in youth transitions. In particular stigma remains an important feature of societies in which hetero-normative sexuality remains dominant.
Description: This article is available open access through the publisher’s website at the link below. Copyright @ 2011 A B Academic Publishers.
ISSN: 2164-4527
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Dept of Clinical Sciences Research Papers

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