Towards a Social Psychology of Gay Men
In the concluding chapter, the value of social psychology in the study of gay men’s lives is outlined, and the necessary theoretical and methodological approaches are specified. It is argued that an effective social psychology of gay men must include the following seven components: the physical/biological context, the socio-historical context, macro-level processes, social representations, the intrapsychic level, interpersonal/intergroup relations, and behaviour. Each of these components and its relevance to gay men’s lives are outlined.
KeywordsSocial psychology Social representations Identity process theory Gay men
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