Coping with religious and cultural homophobia: emotion and narratives of identity threat from British Muslim gay men
The chapter begins with an overview of identity process theory (Breakwell 1986), a socio-psychological theory of identity construction, threat and coping, and the conceptual inter-relations between religious/cultural homophobia, identity and emotion among BMGM. The methodological account is followed by a detailed discussion of the following empirical themes: (i) identity dissonance and feelings of shame and guilt; (ii) ingroup norms, God’s norms and the experience of fear; and (iii) managing interpersonal relations and anger. The chapter attempts to theorise the potential effects of homophobia for identity and how individuals cope with threatened identity. Furthermore, it addresses the role of emotion in meaning-making vis-à-vis religious and sexual identities and the phenomenological aspects of emotional experience when identity is threatened.
Citation:Jaspal, R. (2012) Coping with religious and cultural homophobia: emotion and narratives of identity threat from British Muslim gay men. In: P. Nynäs and A.K.T. Yip (eds.), Religion, Gender and Sexuality in Everyday Life. Farnham: Ashgate. pp. 71-90