MA (Master of Arts)
Date of Award
Committee Chair or Co-Chairs
Andrew Herrmann, Wesley Buerkle
This research examines limitations presented to gay men living in south central Appalachia that are produced by Appalachian culture itself, in regard to community formation. This qualitative study intersects existing scholarship on rural sexualities, gay communities and Appalachian culture in order to gain insight into the complexities that effect men in the region. The data is synthesized through a contextual dialectics framework in order to position both the Appalachian culture in its entirety, and gay men residing in the region, as agentic actors that are simultaneously informed by and produce tensions between the two. This study explores ways in which gay men in south central Appalachia determine and rectify obstacles that are perpetuated by their conservative culture in regard to forming social bonds with other non-heterosexual men. The current study extends the body of scholarship on rural non-heterosexualities, and underscores contextual complexities specific to the Appalachian region of the US.
Thesis - Open Access
Brewer, Michael Brandon, "O Brother, Where Art Thou? Understanding Culturally-Produced Limitations On Gay Male Community Formation in South Central Appalachia" (2015). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. Paper 2497. https://dc.etsu.edu/etd/2497
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