Gender Symp: "From the 'Gayborhood' to the Small Town"
Fri, March 5, 2010 • 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM • GAR 2.112
The Symposium on Gender, History and Sexuality presents a talk by Lauren Joseph, graduate student of The University of Texas' Department of Sociology, entitled "From the 'Gayborhood' to the Small Town: LGBT Pride Organizations and the Mobilization of Resources, Culture and Symbolic Capital".
Joseph adds: "this paper explains the way that lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) Pride organizations grow and develop ties to their local communities, in a process that I term 'external institutionalization.' LGBT Pride organizations engage in cultural resource mobilization practices, which simultaneously seek to generate financial resources as well as social and symbolic capital for a stigmatized sexual minority group. The research draws on extended, multi-sited ethnography to uncover the specific social practices through which this is accomplished on an everyday and local level within urban communities across the United States."