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The Life Course Development of Human Sexual Orientation: An Integrative Paradigm

@inproceedings{Hammack2005TheLC,
  title={The Life Course Development of Human Sexual Orientation: An Integrative Paradigm},
  author={Phillip L. Hammack},
  year={2005}
}
Through the application of life course theory to the study of sexual orientation, this paper specifies a new paradigm for research on human sexual orientation that seeks to reconcile divisions among biological, social science, and humanistic paradigms. Recognizing the historical, social, and cultural relativity of human development, this paradigm argues for a moderate stance between essentialism and constructionism, identifying (a) the history of sexual orientation as an identity category… 

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