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Homosexual Acts, Actors, and Identities (Hardback)
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Homosexual Acts, Actors, and Identities (Hardback)

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Hardback 215 Pages / Published: 15/12/1983
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Homesexual Acts, Actors, and Identities explores the authoritarian power hierarchies that create and maintain harmful prejudices, and shows how the pressure to conform to preconceived notions of normality amounts to spiritual and physical oppression. At the crux of many of our country's social ills, sexual stereotyping limits freedom of choice, inhibits personality development, and divides the American public, seriously damaging the national character. The struggle for sexual definition and self-esteem has evolved in our time into a salient political issue. Homosexual Acts, Actors, and Identities helps to create a deeper understanding of the problems that arise when restrictive social values and strident sexual ideologies abstruct and repress personal liberty. It points the way to a resolution of the deep-seated fears and prejudices that impair whole segments of our society. Importantly, this book contains the Nungesser Homosexual Attitudes Inventory. The results of this psychometric instrument, as reported in the book, reveal a direct relationship between the progression of AIDS and internalized stigma.

Publisher: ABC-CLIO
ISBN: 9780275910525
Number of pages: 215
Weight: 590 g


MEDIA REVIEWS
"His work on 'homophobia' is brilliant! On the whole, the book is clearly written, sometimes with passion when the author touches on his visions for the future transformation of society. Each chapter concludes with a helpful summary, and there is a good index."-Gay Academic Union Annual Review of Books
"Homosexual Acts, Actors and Identities brings together a wealth of recent material dealing with sexual identity, social conditioning and prejudice. This book will be valuable source material for students and academics alike. Particularly notable are chapters dealing with components of sexual identity, belief systems and prejudice."-The Advocate
"I have never before seen such a wealth of psychological and social psychological research and theory brought to bear on the topic of homosexuality. The author's extensive scholarship and integration force us to recognize the complexity and multidimensionality of homosexually-oriented people, their behavior, their attitudes, and their psychological adjustment."-Dr. Michael Storms
"Overall, one can be impressed with the author's impassioned advocacy of the dignity of homosexual identity. He examines critically the appropriateness of considering antihomosexual attitudes to be indicative of homophobia, and argues convincingly that homophobia (rather than homobigotry) is a misnomer that has outlived its political utility and can be deleted from the gay lexicon."-Contemporary Psychology
"The Nungesser Homosexual Attitudes Inventory has proven to be extremely useful in our work. We have used the NHAI in gay men in San Francisco to determine the impact of the AIDS epidemic on their attitudes about themselves and their homosexuality. The instrument is a solidly reliable and valid instrument and has provided important insights into how AIDS has affected this dimension of gay men's responss to the AIDS epidemic."-Dr. Tom Coates, U.C.S.F. School of Medicine
"This important exploration of the attitudes toward and against homosexuals has much to offer readers of any sexual persuasion or preference. The author deftly integrates his own original research findings on "homophobia" with available empirical evidence and theory on sex roles, socialization, and deviance. By putting the psychological perspective into a broader cultural-political framework, Nungesser shows us how ideology shapes attitudes and values guide public policy."-Philip G. Zimbardo, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology, Stanford University

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