Are We Thinking Straight?: The Politics of Straightness in a by Daniel K Cortese

By Daniel K Cortese

This publication highlights the strategic deployment of a immediately identification through an LGBT association. Cortese explores the ways that activists strategically use a "straight" id as a social circulate device so one can effectively in achieving the stream targets.

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Triggers past life events which are recollected by the informants in the present in a particular context” (2000: 17). In addition, González-López cites Ken Plummer’s (1995) success in utilizing this type of approach in his sexuality research because, as she states, “he demonstrates how reconstructing past stories while going through a process of story telling becomes a sociological phenomenon (González-López 2000: 17). Likewise, Jerome Bruner (1990) argues that narrative is the ideal vehicle to express and shape one’s personal experiences.

To compensate for these difficulties, some organizations have opted for a federalist structure of organizing to organize constituents into small local units. Organizations such as the NAACP, NOW, and CWA are organized in this manner (Morris 1984; Rohlinger 2002). Social movement organizations that develop a federated structure may deal with constituents directly, or through chapters (McCarthy and Zald 1977). According to Rohlinger, a federated social movement organization: . . that is located near or in political epicenters, with a centralized leadership, a professionalized staff, and a clear division of labor will be able to respond to political happenings .

In the summer of 2002, I contacted the co-chairs of ten chapters in each of the four regions via mail that briefly introduced my research question, asking their permission to include their chapter in my study, and specifying exactly what their agreement to participate would entail. Included in these letters was my business card with my telephone number and email address, a self-addressed, stamped envelope for them to return a signed pre-printed sheet that I enclosed in the letter, and specified that they wished to be included in this research project.

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