Identity processes, threat and interpersonal relations: accounts from British Muslim gay men

Rusi Jaspal, Marco Cinnirella

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This study explores identity processes, identity threat, and interpersonal relations with other gay men in a qualitative interview study with a sample of young British Muslim gay men of Pakistani background. Transcripts were subjected to qualitative thematic analysis. Data were analyzed through the interpretive lens of Identity Process Theory. Three superordinate themes are reported: (a) self-continuity and the transition from straight to gay space; (b) interpersonal relations with other gay men and self- and other categorization; and (c) interpersonal contact or identification with White gay men as an identity enhancer. Theoretical and practical implications of the results are discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)215-240
Number of pages25
JournalJournal of Homosexuality
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2012


  • Identity threat
  • homosexuality

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