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Sexuality-Free Careers?

Title: Sexuality-Free Careers?: Sexual Minority Young Adults’ Perceived Lack of Labor Market Disadvantages.
Name(s): Ueno, Koji, author
Type of Resource: text
Genre: text
journal article
Date Issued: 2017-05-02
Physical Form: computer
Physical Form: online resource
Extent: 1 online resource
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: In recent studies, many young sexual minorities reported that their minority status has not undermined their career plans, despite the persistent heteronormativity in schools, workplaces, and family. By analyzing in-depth interviews of 34 sexual minority young adults, this paper examines how they develop such a perception. Their explanations included five elements—distancing themselves from sexual minorities who conformed to stereotypes about the group, overlooking career sacrifices they had already made, anticipating that their future careers would be sexuality-free, and maintaining a general sense of hope and optimism. Some respondents even anticipated positive career consequences, pointing to three advantages of sexual minority status, including a strong career motivation, unique skills and abilities, and favorable treatments from employers. We interpret these results by conceptualizing their career plans as a part of their life narratives, and discuss the implication of such narratives for the sexual minority population and for society.
Identifier: FSU_libsubv1_scholarship_submission_1480612669 (IID), 10.1093/socpro/spx014 (DOI)
Keywords: Work and occupations, Life course, Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Narratives, Young adults
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Owner Institution: FSU
Is Part Of: Social Problems.