Department of Sociology, Anthropology, Social Work, and Criminal Justice, W377 Thompson Hall, SUNY Fredonia, Fredonia, NY 14063.
Generative Ritual Among Nonmetropolitan Lesbians and Gay Men: Promoting Social Inclusion
Article first published online: 23 OCT 2008
© National Council on Family Relations, 2008
Journal of Marriage and Family
Volume 70, Issue 4, pages 1060–1073, November 2008
How to Cite
Oswald, R. F. and Masciadrelli, B. P. (2008), Generative Ritual Among Nonmetropolitan Lesbians and Gay Men: Promoting Social Inclusion. Journal of Marriage and Family, 70: 1060–1073. doi: 10.1111/j.1741-3737.2008.00546.x
This article edited by Ralph LaRossa.
- Issue published online: 23 OCT 2008
- Article first published online: 23 OCT 2008
- adult development and aging;
- family rituals;
- grounded theory;
Generativity is typically studied as a normative adult inclination expressed through social roles (D.P. McAdams & E. de St. Aubin, 1992). We extend this research by examining generativity through the lenses of social marginality and ritual. Toward this end, we utilize in-depth interview and observational data about family rituals from 49 downstate Illinois residents who participated in a larger survey of nonmetropolitan lesbian and gay life. We first examine their ritual intentions and the locations where they are enacted. Then we identify what makes the rituals generative and identify their facilitating and moderating conditions. The findings suggest a distinction between normative and queer generativity. Our final product is a substantive grounded theory of generativity among sexual minorities that extends current theory.