Migration Narratives: Expanding Methods to Examine the Interaction of Person and Environment Among Aging Gay Men

Laurens van Sluytman, Naomi Braine, Caroline Acker, Sam Friedman, Don C. DesJarlais

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Abstract

As they age, gay and bisexual men are embedded in multiple environments and communities. This article reanalyzes data collected as part of a larger qualitative study of crystal methamphetamine use in New York City. Focusing on the migration narratives of 30 racially/ethnically diverse men, age 40 years old and older, recruited from multiple venues several key areas emerged: ostracization, lack of affirmation as well as movement activities. Interactively they transformed social practices and increased spaces to explore sexuality, build community engagements and exchange resources. This study suggests that assessment of gay men (and other marginalized groups) may be enhanced through application of migration narratives.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)219-236
Number of pages18
JournalJournal of Gerontological Social Work
Volume56
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 2013

Keywords

  • culture
  • elders
  • ethnicity
  • gay men
  • migration
  • migration narrative
  • social work practice

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Nursing (miscellaneous)

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