Creating Identity and Community: Latino Gay and Bisexual Men's Motives for Participation in the AIDS Movement

Lisa M. Kuhns, Jesus Ramirez-Valles*

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

Motives are situated vocabularies providing insight into the social context and identities of activists and volunteers. In this paper, we examine motives for participation in the AIDS movement. We focus on an understudied group of volunteers and activists (N=75) in the USA, Latino gay and bisexual men. Participants elaborated on 11 motives: values, helping others, reciprocity, understanding, personal development, career enhancement, community concern, social change, esteem enhancement, personal experience, and social networking. Across almost all categories of motives, activists spoke of working for, and meeting, other Latinos and other Latino gay and bisexual males, and about fighting what they consider oppressing forces. Motives were articulated within the context of a collective identity. Participants' descriptions highlight the process by which they create and reproduce identity and community through their involvement and as they articulate their motives.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)32-46
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Community and Applied Social Psychology
Volume26
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2016

Keywords

  • Gay men
  • HIV/AIDS movement
  • Latinos
  • Motives

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Sociology and Political Science

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