Negotiating Religiosity among Hispanic Lesbian Mothers

dc.contributor.advisorBaumle, Amanda K.
dc.contributor.committeeMemberMindiola, Tatcho
dc.contributor.committeeMemberGonzalez, Maria C.
dc.creatorOyarvide, Zelma L. 1989-
dc.date.accessioned2015-08-28T00:54:37Z
dc.date.available2015-08-28T00:54:37Z
dc.date.createdMay 2014
dc.date.issued2014-05
dc.date.updated2015-08-28T00:54:37Z
dc.description.abstractReligion might serve as an adaptive tool for Hispanic lesbian mothers in order to maintain a more tolerated identity as a mother, or it could produce heightened conflict given their potential incompatibility with the role of a “good mother.” In particular, there is a potential for conflict between the definition of a “good mother” set forth in Catholicism and the sexual orientation of Hispanic lesbians. I conducted a qualitative study to examine how Hispanic lesbian mothers negotiate their Catholic religious identity with aspects of their sexual identity. More specifically, I inquired about the strategies that Hispanic lesbian mothers utilize to reconcile or navigate perceived conflict between their roles as a Catholic and as a lesbian. For this study, I interviewed fifteen women in different cities across Texas, including Houston, San Antonio, Austin and the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Through semi-structured interviews, I examined several aspects of their identities as a Catholic Hispanic lesbian mother. Specifically, I asked questions regarding parenting, religion, identity and stigma. This study seeks to examine how Hispanic lesbian mothers perceive the available religious scripts as tools for integration or exclusion from the Catholic community.
dc.description.departmentSociology, Department of
dc.format.digitalOriginborn digital
dc.format.mimetypeapplication/pdf
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10657/1099
dc.language.isoeng
dc.rightsThe author of this work is the copyright owner. UH Libraries and the Texas Digital Library have their permission to store and provide access to this work. Further transmission, reproduction, or presentation of this work is prohibited except with permission of the author(s).
dc.subjectHispanic mothers
dc.subjectReligiosity and Identity
dc.subjectReligion and sexuality
dc.subjectCatholic lesbians
dc.subjectLesbian
dc.subjectMothers
dc.subjectMotherhood
dc.titleNegotiating Religiosity among Hispanic Lesbian Mothers
dc.type.dcmiText
dc.type.genreThesis
thesis.degree.collegeCollege of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
thesis.degree.departmentSociology, Department of
thesis.degree.disciplineSociology
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Houston
thesis.degree.levelMasters
thesis.degree.nameMaster of Arts

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