“As long as they behave themselves” : heterosexual recuperation in South Africans’ talk about homosexuality

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dc.contributor.author Morison, Tracy
dc.contributor.author Mtshengu, Amanda
dc.contributor.author Sandfort, Theodorus
dc.contributor.author Reddy, Vasu
dc.date.accessioned 2017-05-08T08:17:41Z
dc.date.available 2017-05-08T08:17:41Z
dc.date.issued 2016
dc.description.abstract Several qualitative researchers using discursive methodologies have noted how opposition to homosexuality has not necessarily diminished, despite the general expression of liberal tolerance in many settings. Instead, heterosexist rhetoric has shifted to accommodate political change. Our research builds on this observation within the South African context, using a discursive psychology approach. We examine rhetorical strategies of “heterosexual recuperation”: the ways that heterosexual boundaries and the dominance of heterosexuality are maintained by speakers, at the same time as they attempt to avoid being heard as heterosexist. Drawing on data from a qualitative study conducted with heterosexual-identifying Black South Africans from four provinces, we focus on talk that was resourced by a “discourse of tolerance” and characterised by speakers’ concern to avoid the attribution of heterosexism. This talk was analysed using thematic analysis, to which discursive psychology techniques were applied. We identified two ways of speaking that relied on this discourse – (1) “As long as they do it in private”, and (2) “Flashing their homosexuality” – and show how they ultimately worked to recuperate heterosexuality and marginalise non-normative sexualities. We discuss the implications of these findings in relation to a critical psychology that works to challenge hetero-patriarchal norms. en_ZA
dc.description.department Humanities Education en_ZA
dc.description.librarian am2017 en_ZA
dc.description.uri http://www.pins.org.za/issue.php?num=51 en_ZA
dc.identifier.citation Morison, T, Mtshengu, A, Sandfort, T & Reddy, V 2016, '“As long as they behave themselves” : heterosexual recuperation in South Africans’ talk about homosexuality', PINS, vol. 51, pp. 28-54. en_ZA
dc.identifier.issn 1015-6046 (print)
dc.identifier.issn 2309-8708 (online)
dc.identifier.other 10.17159/2309-8708/2016/n51a2
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2263/60253
dc.language.iso en en_ZA
dc.publisher Psychology in Society en_ZA
dc.rights Article is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution License. en_ZA
dc.subject Attitude en_ZA
dc.subject Discourse analysis en_ZA
dc.subject Discursive psychology en_ZA
dc.subject Heterosexism homophobia en_ZA
dc.subject Prejudice en_ZA
dc.subject Sexuality en_ZA
dc.title “As long as they behave themselves” : heterosexual recuperation in South Africans’ talk about homosexuality en_ZA
dc.type Article en_ZA


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