Gendered accounts of managing diabetes in same-sex relationships: A discursive analysis of partner support

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Abstract

The gendered dimensions of partner support in relationships where one partner has a chronic condition has been a recurring focus within the literature on gender and health. Such literature however typically focuses exclusively on heterosexual couples while same-sex relationships are rendered invisible, leading to the discourse around partner support being heteronormative. This article examines gendered dimensions within accounts of lesbian, gay and bisexual people with diabetes using a discursive psychological approach. The analysis identifies how participants drew upon a range of interpretative repertoires including notions that women are more caring; that men can take control in an emergency; gay men are more caring; grown men can take care of themselves and; gay men are more independent. It is argued that rather than simply dismissing heteronormative repertoires of gender and health, non-heterosexuals draw upon them in ways that display ideological tensions.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)147-164
Number of pages18
JournalHealth: An Interdisciplinary Journal for the Social Study of Health, Illness and Medicine
Volume22
Issue number2
Early online date17 Feb 2017
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2018

Keywords

  • lesbian and gay
  • diabetes
  • gender
  • partner support
  • discourse analysis

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