Undergraduate Honors Theses

Thesis Defended

Spring 2019

Document Type

Thesis

Type of Thesis

Departmental Honors

Department

Sociology

First Advisor

Glenda Walden, Ph.D.

Second Advisor

Emmanuel David, Ph.D.

Third Advisor

Matthew Brown, Ph.D.

Abstract

Queering Suicide is a work based upon an embodied research initiative that explores the prominence of suicide in the LGBTQIA+ community while confronting the structural and institutional mechanisms that drive individual bodies into deviance, depression, mental-illness, and self-violent ideation.

Grounded in critical autoethnographic and of-depth qualitative narratives, this research explores the embodied and personally emotive understandings of marginalized queer identity, deviance designation, multiple oppressions, and systematic erasure as they relate to suicidality. However, suicide act as both a queer experience, and a queered concept, which provides insight into the social facts that designate, and have been designated by, the historical, political, economic, and cultural ideologies around death, productivity, sociality, and health for LGBTQIA+ individuals.

Thus, in critique of the overly simplified social understandings of queer suicide and inappropriately stigmatized death-driven identities, participants and researcher come together to create an embodied perspective and researched work. This connective and dialogically-based method imbues the notion of suicide with a profound sense of queerness in deeply felt, wild, and emotively complex community-based approaches to resilience and creativity.

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