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Missouri State University

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Queering Performative Face Theory: Analyzing Coming Out Narratives, Dominic A. Pecoraro May 2019

Queering Performative Face Theory: Analyzing Coming Out Narratives, Dominic A. Pecoraro

MSU Graduate Theses

This thesis focuses on performativity of sexual minorities in interpersonal interactions. Specific attention is placed on concepts of privacy, performance, and face negotiation. This study not only focuses on how individuals who are open about their sexuality manage face, but also how individuals manage face while going through the process of coming out. Concepts of normative gender roles, heteronormativity, and homophobia are analyzed when considering privacy and face negotiation. Communication Privacy Management (CPM) Theory and Performative Face Theory are employed as theoretical foundations for this thesis work. I discuss how queer individuals may negotiate their face differently due to specific ...