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StraightsHeterosexuality in Post-Closeted Culture$
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James Joseph Dean

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780814762752

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814762752.001.0001

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Straights, Post-Closeted Culture, and the Continuum of Identity Practices

(p.247) 6 Conclusion

James Joseph Dean

NYU Press

This concluding chapter reflects on the theories and patterns discussed in the previous chapters by arguing that post-closeted cultural dynamic has refashioned sexual identity practices, normative heterosexuality, and homophobias. Today, nonheterosexuals have more options regarding the association of sexual desire, behavior, and identity; and heterosexuals are often more deliberate and reflective about establishing a heterosexual identity. The chapter also explores the limits of the concept of a post-closeted dynamic by acknowledging that it better captures the micro-sociological phenomena taking place than the structural dynamics that persist in many social institutions, regions, and places. It ends with a summary of the analytical continuum that documents straight identity practices and the way race shapes each respondent's position on it.

Keywords:   post-closeted cultural dynamic, sexual identity practices, heterosexuality, homophobias, sexual desire, heterosexual identity, race

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