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HOMOPHOBIA AND HOMOSOCIALITY:

HOMOPHOBIA AND HOMOSOCIALITY: Past research on the subject of homophobia consists of theoretical generalizationl, on its origin or empirical correlations of a multitude of attitudinal and demgraphic variables, with very little synthesis of the two. The present study relates homophobia to the maintenance of powerful sex‐segregated institutions. It does so by operationalizing, for the first time, the concept of homosociality, which refers to social preference for members of one's own gender, but does not necessarily imply erotic attraction. This concept is tested for its relationship with homophobia in a survey of a large adult sample. Traditional explanations of homophobia (which center around religious and sex‐role conservatism) are similarly explored. All proposed hypotheses find support. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Sociological Quarterly Wiley

HOMOPHOBIA AND HOMOSOCIALITY:

The Sociological Quarterly , Volume 31 (3) – Jun 1, 1990

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Publisher
Wiley
Copyright
Copyright © 1990 Wiley Subscription Services, Inc., A Wiley Company
ISSN
0038-0253
eISSN
1533-8525
DOI
10.1111/j.1533-8525.1990.tb00337.x
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Abstract

Past research on the subject of homophobia consists of theoretical generalizationl, on its origin or empirical correlations of a multitude of attitudinal and demgraphic variables, with very little synthesis of the two. The present study relates homophobia to the maintenance of powerful sex‐segregated institutions. It does so by operationalizing, for the first time, the concept of homosociality, which refers to social preference for members of one's own gender, but does not necessarily imply erotic attraction. This concept is tested for its relationship with homophobia in a survey of a large adult sample. Traditional explanations of homophobia (which center around religious and sex‐role conservatism) are similarly explored. All proposed hypotheses find support.

Journal

The Sociological QuarterlyWiley

Published: Jun 1, 1990

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