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

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

1 Citation (Scopus)
19 Downloads (Pure)

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

Fingerprint

chronic illness
gender
health
Heterosexuality
Health
Sexual Minorities
discourse
Emergencies
Psychology
literature

Keywords

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

Cite this

@article{0a24a718a6f2481f8cd89a7113a12c82,
title = "Gendered accounts of managing diabetes in same-sex relationships: A discursive analysis of partner support",
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.",
keywords = "lesbian and gay, diabetes, gender, partner support, discourse analysis",
author = "Adam Jowett",
year = "2018",
month = "3",
day = "1",
doi = "10.1177/1363459316688518",
language = "English",
volume = "22",
pages = "147--164",
journal = "Health",
issn = "1363-4593",
publisher = "SAGE Publications",
number = "2",

}

TY - JOUR

T1 - Gendered accounts of managing diabetes in same-sex relationships

T2 - A discursive analysis of partner support

AU - Jowett, Adam

PY - 2018/3/1

Y1 - 2018/3/1

N2 - 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.

AB - 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.

KW - lesbian and gay

KW - diabetes

KW - gender

KW - partner support

KW - discourse analysis

U2 - 10.1177/1363459316688518

DO - 10.1177/1363459316688518

M3 - Article

VL - 22

SP - 147

EP - 164

JO - Health

JF - Health

SN - 1363-4593

IS - 2

ER -