“It's me. I'm it.”: Defining adolescent sexual identity through relational dialectics in Dawson's creek

  title={“It's me. I'm it.”: Defining adolescent sexual identity through relational dialectics in Dawson's creek},
  author={Michael Meyer},
  journal={Communication Quarterly},
  pages={262 - 276}
  • Michael Meyer
  • Published 1 June 2003
  • Sociology
  • Communication Quarterly
Television criticism frequently focuses on the deconstruction of individual representations in texts, a practice that privileges specific characters rather than relationships among characters. This paper examines the usefulness of fictional television relationships for adolescent sexual identity formation by examining Dawson's Creek for its construction of gay character Jack McPhee. Jack's sexual identity is constructed and modified through dialectical tensions in his relationship with Jen… 
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