Gay 's Personal Identity Attributes

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Gay’s Personal Identity Attributes In the human society, whether you are rich or poor, you have your own social identity, as gay men, what is the social identity of gay men? Do all the gay men see themselves the same or different? How do they deals with their various identities in the society? Actually, with the marked increase in the visibility of gay men in popular culture, many scholars have studied this issue and tried to explore the mysterious group. However, a systematic theory about the gay men has not given out until the publish of Peacocks, Chameleons, Centaurs: Gay Suburbia and the Grammar of Social Identity, written by Wayne Brekhus, which could also be read in the format of E-book. Wayne H. Brekhus presents the fact that…show more content…
According to Brekhus’ interpretation, gay men are divided to the three categories which are described as peacock, Chameleon and Centaur peacock to show what kind of the way they choose to live. Peacocks imply homosexuals who are called “typically gay” living in city and at basic level. Chameleon refer to a group of “lifestyle commuters” who live in mainly countryside and integrate into local culture, going to another places to be gay. It means that their behavior is very different in the place where gay men gather than in their suburban communities. As centaurs, They regard themselves as a white suburban accountant with active in their local community, who happens to be gay. The great difference between Brekhus’ and other researchers’ research results about the same research topic are that Brekhus broke the tradition to see gay culture as monolithic. In Brekhus’ research, his research focus was no long the urban gay groups, but the suburban gay communities, which were not studied systematically before. In addition, Brekhus paid great attention to the intersections of the urban gay communities and the suburban gay communities, and also focus on the great conflicts between the two groups. As a sociological study, the author interviewed many gays, who could be regarded the direct research group, to gain the first-hand sources, which made the research more reliable and scientific. This book offers helpful resources to study the gay group in
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