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- DescriptionWhether one thinks homosexuals are born or made, they generally are t born into gay families, r are they socialized to be gay by their peers or schools. How then do people become aware of homosexuality and, in some cases, integrate into gay communities? The making of homosexual identity is the result of a communicative process that entails scarching, listening, looking, reading, and finding. Contacts Desired proposes that this communicative process has a history, and it sets out to tell that story. Martin Meeker here argues that over the course of the twentieth century, a series of important invations occurred in the networks that linked individuals to a larger social kwledge of homosexuality. He points to three key invations in particular: the emergence of the homophile movement in the 1950s; the mass media treatments of homosexuals in the late 1950s and early 1960s; and the popularization of do-it-yourself publishing from the late 1940s to the 1970s, which offered bar guides, handmade magazines, and other materials that gay men and lesbians could use to seek one ather out. In the process, Meeker unearths a treasure trove of archival materials that reveals how homosexuals played a crucial role in transforming the very structure of communications and urban communities since the postwar era.
- Author BiographyMartin Meeker is a historian at the Regional Oral History Office of the University of California, Berkeley.
- Author(s)Martin Meeker
- PublisherThe University of Chicago Press
- Date of Publication21/04/2006
- Place of PublicationChicago, IL
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintUniversity of Chicago Press
- Content Note23 halftones, 1 line drawing
- Weight458 g
- Width180 mm
- Height226 mm
- Spine19 mm
- Edition StatementRevised edition
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