Coping and career choices: Irish gay men’s passage from hopelessness to redemption

Kapoor, Vikram and Belk, Russell. 2022. Coping and career choices: Irish gay men’s passage from hopelessness to redemption. Consumption Markets & Culture, 25(1), pp. 52-78. ISSN 1025-3866 [Article]

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This study investigates the impact of systemic oppression on a marginalized group and their response to it through market-based choices of careers. The marginalized group consists of single, semi-closeted, middle-aged Irish gay men. Their lives have been severely impaired by the Catholic condemnation of homosexuality. Through an oral history approach and by considering the under-theorized intersection of religion, homosexuality, and career, our study shows the importance of the underlying process of coping. Our findings reveal that the study participants initially engaged in various forms of self-punishment amidst a state of hopelessness. This later led to their pursuit of altruistic careers through which they seemingly gained a sense of redemption. By delving into coping processes involving career choices, we show that altruism can be a means to cope with systemic oppression.

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We would like to thank the ACR-Sheth Foundation for their financial support (2019 ACR-Sheth Foundation Dissertation Grant).


Coping, choices, career, homosexuality, altruism, marginalization

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Institute of Management Studies


15 June 2020Accepted
22 June 2020Published Online

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10 Feb 2022 12:12

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10 Feb 2022 12:12

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