Policy and Paradox: Grounded Theory at the Moment of DADT Repeal

Journal of Homosexuality, 60(2), 356-380.

Posted: 1 Nov 2012 Last revised: 30 Jul 2013

James E. Parco

Colorado College

David A. Levy

U.S. Air Force Academy - Department of Management

Date Written: February 1, 2013

Abstract

Through a mixed-methods approach of oral history and grounded theory, we report on a study investigating the effects of the US military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy on active-duty service members at the moment of transition to open service. A stratified, snowball sample of lesbian, gay, bisexual and queer (LGBQ) service members (n=17) from across all branches of the armed services were interviewed within two weeks of repeal (September 20, 2011). We find evidence that DADT was implicated in the structuring of military culture in terms of five irreconcilable contradictions: Values, Heroism, Wartime, Control, and Silence. Military culture had moved in the direction of acceptance of LGBQ service members long before repeal, without the recognition of many leaders who had entered military service decades earlier.

Keywords: don’t ask, don’t tell, DADT, oral history, interviews, military culture, LBGT, service members, contradiction, gay policy, grounded theory

JEL Classification: A13, Z10

Suggested Citation

Parco, James E. and Levy, David A., Policy and Paradox: Grounded Theory at the Moment of DADT Repeal (February 1, 2013). Journal of Homosexuality, 60(2), 356-380.. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2169482

Jim Parco (Contact Author)

Colorado College ( email )

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David A. Levy

U.S. Air Force Academy - Department of Management ( email )

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