Gay Men’s Friendships: Cross-Generational Analyses of Two Age Cohorts in Montréal

Gay Men’s Friendships: Cross-Generational Analyses of Two Age Cohorts in Montréal

Gay Men’s Friendships: Cross-Generational Analyses of Two Age Cohorts in Montréal

Gay Men’s Friendships: Cross-Generational Analyses of Two Age Cohorts in Montréals

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Référence bibliographique [10202]

Dionisio, Matthew. 2011. «Gay Men’s Friendships: Cross-Generational Analyses of Two Age Cohorts in Montréal». Mémoire de maîtrise, Montréal, Université Concordia, Département de sociologie et d’anthropologie.

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1. Objectifs


Intentions :
«This thesis offers a unique comparative analysis of two groups of gay men [...]. The analysis of life-history narratives, throughout this thesis, allows for an exploration of how the older participants came to build not only safe space through the elaboration of an early gay community, but also how they individually came to develop a desired intimate milieu utilizing close bonds of friendship and meaning.» (p. iii)

Questions/Hypothèses :
The questions asked by the author are: «[...] is the younger generation of gay youth then still experiencing the same type of rejection by kin members? [...] Additionally, what strategies have homosexual men developed to create safe space, intimate milieu, and what kind of identity have they built?» (p. 3)

2. Méthode


Échantillon/Matériau :
Deux cohortes de quatre hommes chacune composent l’échantillon. Dans la première, les hommes sont dans la soixantaine alors que dans la deuxième, ils sont dans la vingtaine. Ils habitent tous à Montréal.

Instruments :
Guide d’entretien

Type de traitement des données :
Analyse de contenu

3. Résumé


«The analysis of life-history narratives, throughout this thesis, allows for an exploration of how the older participants came to build not only safe space through the elaboration of an early gay community, but also how they individually came to develop a desired intimate milieu utilizing close bonds of friendship and meaning. Through this investigation, the reader is able to discover what these ‘spaces’ and ’milieus’ offer for the individual, how they relate to traditional kinship, and how they have evolved over the life-course and ever-adapting social reality. The comparative approach allows me to then explore whether the same pressures and demands, as recounted by the older cohort, are still in place and experienced by gay youth today. Moreover, a deeper analysis of the younger participant’s life-history narratives allows for an investigation of what new challenges have appeared, and how gay youth are employing new liberties, diversity, and options in the experience and construction of new safe spaces and intimate milieu which correspond to the life and social-reality of the new homosexual living in a dynamic contemporary Montréal.» (p. iii)
Note : La famille occupe une place importante dans cette thèse, notamment pour aborder la question des réactions à l’homosexualité. Un chapitre est aussi consacré aux relations familiales.