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Bisexual (un)belonging: Exploring the socio-spatial negotiation of plurisexual individuals in LGBT+ and queer spaces

Breetveld, Robin Rose (2023) Bisexual (un)belonging: Exploring the socio-spatial negotiation of plurisexual individuals in LGBT+ and queer spaces. Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) thesis, University of Kent,. (doi:10.22024/UniKent/01.02.105513) (KAR id:105513)


Bisexual and plurisexual individuals are discursively marginalised, stigmatised, and erased due to their identity position within the normative construction of sexuality and gender, leading to poor mental health and feelings of falling outside of the wider LGBT+ community. The thesis addresses the gap in the literature between sociology, sexuality scholarship, and sexual geographies by conceptualising the complex nature of plurisexual (un)belonging, engages with plurisexual socio-spatial identity negotiation, and seeks out queer sites of belonging in order to combat the discursive and epistemic disposition plurisexuals face. Plurisexual lived experiences are prioritised through a queer feminist epistemological framework, innovative artistic and visual methods, semi-structured interviews and (auto)ethnographic accounts. The research unpacks the experiences of marginalisation, gatekeeping, and unbelonging within hierarchal LGBT+ spaces, alongside the experiences of safety and belonging as produced through intersectional inclusive queer spaces. The thesis provides insight into new approaches to plurisexual theorisation and community connection by putting a spotlight onto an otherwise invisible demographic.

Item Type: Thesis (Doctor of Philosophy (PhD))
Thesis advisor: Sanders-McDonagh, Erin
Thesis advisor: Duggan, Marian
DOI/Identification number: 10.22024/UniKent/01.02.105513
Uncontrolled keywords: Belonging; identity negotiation; bisexuality; plurisexuality; bisexual marginalisation; biphobia; queer spaces; community; artistic methods; visual methods; queer theory; intersectionality; feminism
Subjects: H Social Sciences
Divisions: Divisions > Division for the Study of Law, Society and Social Justice > School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research
SWORD Depositor: System Moodle
Depositing User: System Moodle
Date Deposited: 02 Apr 2024 10:10 UTC
Last Modified: 03 Apr 2024 14:44 UTC
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Breetveld, Robin Rose.

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