Spaces of privilege

  • Glen Noble

Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis


There have been extensive developments in "gay rights" in the past 10 years. This has prompted the contention that some gay white men are increasingly able to access privilege at the expense of continued marginalisation for various gendered, raced and sexual others. Homonormativity describes a process through which gay white male subjects are increasingly understood as normalised and accepted within existing relations of inequalities and that this temporality is accompanied by depoliticisation and tendency towards privatisation and domesticity. I use evidence from 15 in-depth interviews with men drawn from my socio-sexual network in Brighton and Hove, and autoethnographic writings in the form of reflective diary entries and short vignettes to develop a complex and fluid understanding of gay white men’s spatial practices and experiences of privilege.
Date of Award2012
Original languageEnglish
Awarding Institution
  • University of Brighton

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