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Families We Choose : Lesbians, Gays, Kinship - Kath Weston

Families We Choose

Lesbians, Gays, Kinship

Paperback Published: 15th October 1997
ISBN: 9780231110938
Number Of Pages: 288
For Ages: 22+ years old

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This classic text, originally published in 1991 and now revised and updated to include a new preface, draws upon fieldwork and interviews to explore the ways gay men and lesbians are constructing their own notions of kinship by drawing on the symbolism of love, friendship, and biology.

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Graceful... Valuable for the ways it demonstrates that, like race, gender and sexual identity, the meaning of kinship is culturally relative--and susceptible to change. The Women's Review of Books The first to analyze the historical conditions, social meaning, and political implications of lesbians and gays' appropriating the language of kinship...A fine book. Contemporary Sociology Represents a new direction in lesbian and gay studies and in the anthropology of American culture. SIGNS: Journal of Women in Culture and Society This book demands--and deserves--thorough and careful reading...A well-documented work for gay studies collections. Library Journal Weighs in as an important contribution to current debates about family and family values. American Journal of Sociology

Preface to the Paperback EditionAcknowledgments1.The Monkey Cage and the Red Desoto2. Exiles from KinshipIs Straight to Gay as Family Is to No Family? Deck the HallsKinship and ProcreationFrom Biology to Choice3. Coming Out to "Blood" RelativesDisclosing Sexual IdentityCategorical Understandings (Or, It's All Relative)Family-Which Family?Conditional LoveDiscursive LocationsTaking Identity, Talking KinshipSelection and Rejection4. Kinship and Coherence: Ten Stories5. Families We ChooseBuilding Gay FamiliesSubstitute for Biological Family?Friends and LoversFrom Friendship to CommunityDeliberating Difference6. Lovers Through the Looking GlassThe Looking-Glass OtherPower "Differentials," Relationship "Roles"The Urge to MergeNarcissism, Kinship, and Class ConvictionsCouples Versus CommunityReflections on Metaphor7. Parenting in the Age of AIDSThe Lesbian Mother as IconMale-Female Revisited: Insemination and AIDSOf Death and BirthBlood Relatives RespondParents and Persons8. The Politics of Gay FamiliesAssimilation or Transformation?Common GroundThe Big PictureReengineering BiogeneticsAppendixNotesReferencesIndex

ISBN: 9780231110938
ISBN-10: 0231110936
Series: Between Men-Between Women: Lesbian & Gay Studies
Audience: Professional
For Ages: 22+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 288
Published: 15th October 1997
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.58 x 15.16  x 1.83
Weight (kg): 0.4
Edition Number: 2
Edition Type: Revised