From closet to heterotopia: A conceptual exploration of disclosure and `passing` among heterosexuals living with HIV Persson, Asha en_US Richards, Wendy en_US 2021-11-25T15:13:32Z 2021-11-25T15:13:32Z 2008 en_US
dc.description.abstract This paper explores how experiences of disclosure and passing among heterosexuals living with HIV in Australia can be meaningfully conceptualised beyond therapeutic discourses and habitual metaphors. It engages in a dialogue between qualitative research material, HIV disclosure literature and theory. It is first argued that an emphasis on the therapeutic value of disclosure in much of the literature obscures the complexities of HIV stigma as socially produced and lived. Next, the paper considers the concepts of `the closet` and `coming out`, which have become short-hand for a range of social stigmas. Although parallels are found between the productive effects of the closet and the research material, the idea of `coming out` fails to capture the cultural context of HIV in Australian heterosexual society. This raises questions about the contemporary tendency to invoke the closet as a presumedly universal metaphor. Foucault`s idea of heterotopia is proposed as an alternative way of conceptualising the lived worlds of disclosure and passing in this research study, with the hope of opening out future discussion and theorising. en_US
dc.identifier.issn 1369-1058 en_US
dc.language English
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dc.rights CC BY-NC-ND 3.0 en_US
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dc.source Legacy MARC en_US
dc.title From closet to heterotopia: A conceptual exploration of disclosure and `passing` among heterosexuals living with HIV en_US
dc.type Journal Article en
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unsw.description.notePublic Project: The Straightpoz study: Heterosexual men and women living with HIV en_US
unsw.identifier.doiPublisher en_US
unsw.relation.faculty Arts Design & Architecture
unsw.relation.ispartofissue 1 en_US
unsw.relation.ispartofjournal Culture Health and Sexuality en_US
unsw.relation.ispartofpagefrompageto 73-86 en_US
unsw.relation.ispartofvolume 10 en_US
unsw.relation.originalPublicationAffiliation Persson, Asha, National Centre in HIV Social Research, Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences, UNSW en_US
unsw.relation.originalPublicationAffiliation Richards, Wendy en_US Centre for Social Research in Health *
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