Narratives and why they matter
Published on: Mar 3, 2016
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Dr David Mair Head of CounsellingUniversity of Birmingham
Wemake sense of our lives through the narratives that are available to us at the time and place in history into which we have been „thrown‟.
Our tales are spun – but forthe most part we don‟t spinthem, they spin us.K. Gergen
1978University of Newcastle upon Tyne Me - 18 YEARS OLD Sexuality: unknown DON‟T BE COY JOIN GAYSOC
The “Heterosexual Assumption” the notion that “…every adolescent will find a partner of the opposite sex, settle down, get married, ultimately procreate and raise children” (K Plummer, 1981)
There is nothing „fixed‟ about our identity narratives Think about how narratives have changed and are continuing to change about…
So sexuality as a basis foridentity = modernphenomenon
PERVERTED SICK BEING TRUE TO YOURSELFNATURAL VARIETY EQUAL OPPS CONFORMING INDIFFERENCE SINFUL
Western liberal narratives of sexuality v Religious/Other cultural narratives of sexuality Essentialist narratives of masculinity/femininity, homo/heterosexuality clash with queer narratives of identity Clashes are increasingly common in a globalised society Can lead to huge internal distress for individuals
Indifferent? Supportive? Proactive? Reactive? Any „space‟ for s.m. students? How are they „mirrored‟ and welcomed? How do we – should we? – affirm life narratives of sexual minority students?
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