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The gap and how to mind it: intersections of class and sexuality

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Yvette Taylor


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This research note is grounded in the findings of my PhD thesis ‘Working-class lesbians: classed in a classless climate’ (2004), which examines the significance of class and sexuality in the lives of women who self-identiy themselves as working-class and lesbian, who are necessarily, unavoidably, painfully and pleasuarbly, living out the intersection of class and sexuality. I offer an oversight of the project, taking account of the material and subjective inputs into working-class lesbian identity. I highlight the interconnections between class and sexuality and the role they play in relation to identities and experiences. By drawing on and critically evaluating previous work in the field and related fields I will illustrate the various ways in which working-class lesbians may be seen to constitute a gap in the literature. Hoping to address this gap and this invisibility, I will examine the ways in which class and sexuality are negotiated and represented by my interviewees. I contrast lived experience with notions of a ‘queer identity’ and the material constraints imposed upon the normative expression of identity.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Taylor Y

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Sociological Research Online

Year: 2005

Volume: 10

Issue: 3

Pages: -

ISSN (electronic): 1360-7804

Publisher: Sage Publications Ltd.