Title

Authentic Lives: Lesbian Identities Embedded in Occupation

Start Time

15-11-2002 10:30 AM

End Time

15-11-2002 11:45 AM

Abstract

The purpose of this presentation is to discuss the phenomenon of using occupations as a way of creating authentic identities for lesbians. This discussion is based on the results of a qualitative research study that included 70 hours of interviews with 20 lesbians, 10 of whom were disabled and 10 of whom were able-bodied. A thematic analysis was used to analyze the data. The specific themes that will be discussed include (a) using occupations to integrate multiple identities, (b) experiencing authentic representations in public occupations, and (c) creating new and reframing traditional occupations to bridge homosexual and heterosexual worlds. I will conclude with suggestions about how the findings of this study contribute to a more comprehensive understanding of occupation. Specifically I will address how social and personal meanings are embedded in occupations and the power of occupation to bridge ideological worlds.

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Nov 15th, 10:30 AM Nov 15th, 11:45 AM

Authentic Lives: Lesbian Identities Embedded in Occupation

The purpose of this presentation is to discuss the phenomenon of using occupations as a way of creating authentic identities for lesbians. This discussion is based on the results of a qualitative research study that included 70 hours of interviews with 20 lesbians, 10 of whom were disabled and 10 of whom were able-bodied. A thematic analysis was used to analyze the data. The specific themes that will be discussed include (a) using occupations to integrate multiple identities, (b) experiencing authentic representations in public occupations, and (c) creating new and reframing traditional occupations to bridge homosexual and heterosexual worlds. I will conclude with suggestions about how the findings of this study contribute to a more comprehensive understanding of occupation. Specifically I will address how social and personal meanings are embedded in occupations and the power of occupation to bridge ideological worlds.