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The City as a Single Gay Male Magnet?: Gay and Lesbian Geographical Concentration in Sweden
Stockholms universitet, Samhällsvetenskapliga fakulteten, Kulturgeografiska institutionen.ORCID-id: 0000-0001-7272-1729
2014 (Engelska)Ingår i: Population, Space and Place, ISSN 1544-8444, E-ISSN 1544-8452, Vol. 20, nr 8, s. 739-752Artikel i tidskrift (Refereegranskat) Published
Abstract [en]

During the last two decades, an increasing number of studies on the geographies of gay and lesbian couples have been carried out, stressing the urban significance, tolerance, and amenities. In this study, it is argued that former studies have only mapped a fraction of the gay and lesbian population, that is, the couples, and present a new method for retrieving information from the Internet to map gay and lesbian singles and couples. The findings indicate that there is a significant difference between gay and lesbian singles and couples and that the urban significance is much stronger for singles than for couples. In the conclusion, it is suggested that a life course perspective could explain this where gay and lesbian singles tend to concentrate in cities, but when they have found a partner and decide to move together, the city is less important. Finally, a recommendation reconsidering partnership data is made as it can be problematical to generalise such data for a gay and lesbian population.

Ort, förlag, år, upplaga, sidor
2014. Vol. 20, nr 8, s. 739-752
Nyckelord [en]
gay and lesbian, concentration, urban, rural, internal migration
Nationell ämneskategori
Kulturgeografi
Forskningsämne
kulturgeografi
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-102889DOI: 10.1002/psp.1825ISI: 000344480700006OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-102889DiVA, id: diva2:713882
Tillgänglig från: 2014-04-24 Skapad: 2014-04-24 Senast uppdaterad: 2017-12-05Bibliografiskt granskad
Ingår i avhandling
1. Beyond Bright City Lights: The Migration Patterns of Gay Men and Lesbians
Öppna denna publikation i ny flik eller fönster >>Beyond Bright City Lights: The Migration Patterns of Gay Men and Lesbians
2014 (Engelska)Doktorsavhandling, sammanläggning (Övrigt vetenskapligt)
Abstract [en]

One of the most persistent popular notions of gay men and lesbians is that they either live in or move to larger cities. In this thesis, the geography and migration paths of gay men and lesbians are studied using the life course perspective to challenge this idea. It is argued that gay men and lesbians are affected by the time and place into which they are born. Like heterosexuals, they are subject to the normative conceptions of life paths that are present at a specific historical period and place. Adopting a mixed-methods approach, four studies related to this aim are conducted.

The first study shows that the tendency for gay men and lesbians to be concentrated to the largest cities in Sweden is greater than for heterosexuals. However, it also shows that the concentration tendency of lesbians and couples is less strong. The second study illustrates that tolerance plays no role in the geographical concentration of gay men and lesbians. Although perceived tolerance is often assumed to matter, this study shows that measured intolerance does not have an effect on the concentration tendency. The third study explores the migration motives of gay men and lesbians living in the city of Malmö, Sweden. It shows that the life stories of older cohorts resembled typical rural-urban flight stories but that the youngest cohort stressed motives similar to the overall population. This is in sharp contrast to the fourth study, which scrutinises migration stories from Izmir, Turkey. Because legal recognition is lacking, following the same life path as heterosexuals is problematic for gay men and lesbians. Because moving out is connected to this path, they remained living at home longer or never moved. Accordingly, the family played a core role in their lives rather than the rural-urban binary.

Taken together, these four studies show that the geography and migration patterns of gay men and lesbians are more multifaceted than living in or moving to a larger city.

Ort, förlag, år, upplaga, sidor
Stockholm: Department of Human Geography, Stockholm University, 2014. s. 72
Serie
Meddelanden från Kulturgeografiska institutionen vid Stockholms universitet, ISSN 0585-3508 ; 146
Nyckelord
gay and lesbian, migration, rural/urban, tolerance, life course, Sweden, Turkey
Nationell ämneskategori
Kulturgeografi
Forskningsämne
kulturgeografi
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urn:nbn:se:su:diva-102850 (URN)978-91-7447-920-1 (ISBN)
Disputation
2014-06-05, William-Olssonsalen, Geovetenskapens hus, Svante Arrhenius väg 14, Stockholm, 13:00 (Svenska)
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At the time of the doctoral defense, the following papers were unpublished and had a status as follows: Paper 1: In press. Paper 3: Manuscript. Paper 4: Manuscript.

Tillgänglig från: 2014-05-14 Skapad: 2014-04-23 Senast uppdaterad: 2014-05-09

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