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    DescriptionIn this ethnography of American gay suburbanites, Wayne H. Brekhus demonstrates that who one is depends at least in part on where and when one is. He shows that lifestyling, and integrating occurs not only among gay men but across a broad range of social categories.


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    Title
    Peacocks, Chameleons, Centaurs
    Subtitle
    Gay Suburbia and the Grammar of Social Identity
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Wayne H. Brekhus
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 272
    Width: 132 mm
    Height: 212 mm
    Thickness: 20 mm
    Weight: 363 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780226072913
    ISBN 10: 0226072916
    Classifications

    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: SOC
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: S3.4
    BIC subject category V2: JFSK2
    BISAC V2.8: SOC000000, SOC012000
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    Ingram Subject Code: GS
    Libri: I-GS
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 54
    B&T General Subject: 390
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    DC22: 305.38/9664/09747
    LC classification: HQ76.2.N4852 N493 2003
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    Edition statement
    New ed.
    Illustrations note
    2 figures
    Publisher
    The University of Chicago Press
    Imprint name
    University of Chicago Press
    Publication date
    08 August 2004
    Publication City/Country
    Chicago, IL
    Author Information
    Wayne H. Brekhus is an assistant professor of sociology at the University of Missouri-Columbia.
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    What does it mean to be a gay man living in the suburbs? Do you identify primarily as gay, or suburban, or some combination of the two? For that matter, how does anyone decide what his or her identity is? In this first-ever ethnography of American gay suburbanites, Wayne H. Brekhus demonstrates that who one is depends at least in part on where and when one is. For many urban gay men, being homosexual is key to their identity because they live, work, and socialize in almost exclusively gay circles. Brekhus calls such men "lifestylers" or peacocks. Chameleons or "commuters," on the other hand, live and work in conventional suburban settings, but lead intense gay social and sexual lives outside the suburbs. Centaurs, meanwhile, or "integrators," mix typical suburban jobs and homes with low-key gay social and sexual activities. In other words, lifestylers see homosexuality as something you are, commuters as something you do, and integrators as part of yourself. Ultimately, Brekhus shows that lifestyling, commuting, and integrating embody competing identity strategies that occur not only among gay men but across a broad range of social categories. What results, then, is an innovative work that will interest sociologists, psychologists, anthropologists, and students of gay culture.