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Title: Gay men's relationship and household patterns : implications for the provision of health and social care
Author: Mitchell, Martin.
Awarding Body: London South Bank University
Current Institution: London South Bank University
Date of Award: 2004
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There is a growing recognition today among health and social service providers that traditional patterns of care and support will not be available in all households. This research investigates the care and support needs arising from patterns of intimate relationships, households and commitments among gay and bisexual men, and how individuals, society, and health and social services have responded to such needs. Using a material-reflexive and standpoint epistemological approach to interview accounts, the research examines personal reflexivity in patterns of household formation within the context of material opportunities, influences and constraints. Thirty in-depth interviews are used to examine the consequences of patterns of relationships and household formation for care and support among same sex male couples and among independent ('one-person') households. At the level of informal care, commitments are explored between partners, family members, and the wider community. Implications of patterns of care and support needs for the provision of care are also explored in terms of the response of government, policy makers and health and social service providers, and the extent to which gay and bisexual men, and health and social care professionals, have exercised material-reflexivity in relation to the emerging concerns. In this context I argue that that there is a prioritisation of individualised couple and private care that will not be available or appropriate to all. At the same time, unprejudiced care and support from health and social care professionals remains unpredictable and uneven. In this context, I argue that the accounts of my interviewees imply the need to support and facilitate new forms of 'chosen' commitments beyond partners and family, and to do so in ways that give greater social recognition to them and protect them from social exclusion and discrimination.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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