Are We Thinking Straight?
The Politics of Straightness in a Lesbian and Gay Social Movement Organization
Routledge – 2006 – 214 pages
Series: New Approaches in Sociology
This book highlights the strategic deployment of a straight identity by an LGBT organization. Cortese explores the ways in which activists strategically use a "straight" identity as a social movement tool in order to successfully achieve the movement objectives.
1. Introduction 2. Theory and Research Methods 3. Organizational Diversity in SAGA 4. God is on Our Side: The Mission of SAGA 5. No Joking about the "S" in SAGA: "Straight" Strategy 6.. Political Environments Shape Identity Deployment 7. Straight Ahead and Moving Forward
Daniel K. Cortese is an Assistant Professor at Governors State University, where he conducts research on the social psychological and sociological processes of identity construction, and how organizations strategically shape collective identities through culture. As a postdoctoral scholar at the University of California San Francisco’s Center for Tobacco Control Research and Education, he analyzed thousands of previously secret tobacco industry documents and tobacco industry-produced lifestyle magazines to detail the tobacco industry’s strategic use of identity in their marketing strategies to target young adults. Dr. Cortese’s research is published in Social Science & Medicine, Journal of Adolescent Health, and Men & Masculinities.