Becoming an Ex: The Process of Role Exit by Helen Rose Fuchs Ebaugh

By Helen Rose Fuchs Ebaugh

The adventure of turning into an ex is usual to most folk in sleek society. not like members in past cultures who often spent their whole lives in a single marriage, one occupation, one faith, one geographic locality, humans residing in modern day international are inclined to circulation out and in of many jobs during a life-time. up to now decade there was power curiosity in those "passages" or "turning points," yet little or no examine has handled what it capability to depart at the back of an immense function or contain it right into a new identification. Helen Rose Fuchs Ebaugh's pathbreaking inquiry into the phenomenon of turning into an ex unearths the profundity of this simple element of building an identification in modern life.

Ebaugh is herself an ex, having left the lifetime of a Catholic nun to turn into a spouse, mom, and professor of sociology. Drawing on interviews with 185 humans, Ebaugh explores a variety of position adjustments, together with ex-convicts, ex-alcoholics, divorced humans, moms with out custody in their young children, ex-doctors, ex-cops, retirees, ex-nuns, and—perhaps such a lot dramatically—transsexuals. As this various pattern finds, Ebaugh makes a speciality of voluntary exits from major roles. What emerges are universal phases of the position go out process—from disillusionment with a specific identification, to looking for substitute roles, to turning issues that set off a last selection to go out, and at last to the construction of an establish as an ex.

Becoming an Ex is a demanding and influential research that might be of significant curiosity to sociologists, psychological healthiness counselors, participants of self-help teams corresponding to Alcoholics nameless and oldsters with out companions, these in company settings the place turnover has frequent implications for the association, and for a person suffering via a task go out who's attempting to determine a brand new experience of self.

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One social cohort Collecting 97 Gay Men’s Life Stories 17 comprised men who lived with HIV-AIDS before the antidote, the other social cohort comprising men who lived with HIV-AIDS in the era when the antidote existed. When using two different data sets the methodological solution is to retain the integrity of each set and to be clear about where and when one’s interviews were held and to check for differences by date of interview. One of my data sets (the ‘all-Australian’ set) is from my home country and was collected between 2001 and 2003; the other is international, collected after 2009.

22 A European expatriate I interviewed in Hong Kong, a man in his late 50s, argued that the Chinese government’s policy of ‘repopulating’ Hong Kong helps to explain the hidden quality of gay life in Hong Kong: Most of these people are immigrants from the lower classes, without much education and not much university background. You have to consider that culture is not something that is well developed in Hong Kong … [and] you cannot expect those people from farms … up country … will be open to the gay life when in China it is still not open.

For all other interviewees I have used English names, including for a European expatriate I interviewed in Hong Kong. Hong Kong I chose to look for potential interviewees from Hong Kong for similar reasons that I chose Mumbai. First, it promised the possibility of including non-westerners in my sample, and second, many Hong Kong citizens had English as a second language. 19 Second, like Mumbai, Hong Kong was an attractive location because of its proximity to Melbourne. I interviewed in two phases.

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