1: Making Sense of Queer Christian Lives

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This chapter uses an interpretive framework to explore the expanding repertoire of narratives through which LGBTQ Christians make sense of themselves and their lives within a dominant narrative of exclusion. An interpretivist lens highlights the significance of situated cultural contexts, reference groups, and cognitive migrations in understanding collective social change as well as individual sense-making. An interpretive framework also reveals the complexities of supposedly dominant or hegemonic institutions, such as religion, as sources of both inclusion and exclusion; of meaningful self-understanding and simultaneous oppression.

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