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The Family of Woman : Lesbian Mothers, Their Children, and the Undoing of Gender - Maureen Sullivan

The Family of Woman

Lesbian Mothers, Their Children, and the Undoing of Gender

Paperback Published: 6th September 2004
ISBN: 9780520239647
Number Of Pages: 323

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Amidst the shrill and discordant notes struck in debates over the make-up--or breakdown--of the American family, the family keeps evolving. This book offers a close and clear-eyed look into a form this change has taken most recently, the lesbian coparent family. Based on intensive interviews and extensive firsthand observation, "The Family of Woman "chronicles the experience of thirty-four families headed by lesbian mothers whose children were conceived by means of donor insemination.With its intimate perspective on the interior dynamics of these families and its penetrating view of their public lives, the book provides rare insight into the workings of emerging family forms and their significance for our understanding of "family"--and our culture itself.

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"The Family of Woman is that precious rarity - a genuinely original, profound scholarly work that is a joy to read." - Judith Stacey, author of In the Name of the Family; "Sullivan makes a compelling argument that lesbian families challenge, at root, the very basis of patriarchal familial norms, and indeed modern notions of biological fixity. A provocative, fascinating study." - Arlene Stein, author of Sex and Sensibility; "Maureen Sullivan's book is a notable document of the quiet social revolution that is producing new forms of the family." - R. W. Connell, author of Gender and Power"

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Introductionp. 1
The Emergence of Lesbian-Coparent Families in Postmodern Societyp. 17
Becoming Parents: Baby Making in the Age of Assisted Procreationp. 40
Being Parents: The End of Oedipus and the Expansion of Intimacyp. 62
Undoing the Gender Division of Laborp. 93
Truth and Reconciliation: Families of Origin Come Around and Come Outp. 124
Becoming Familiar in the Community of Strangersp. 157
The Structure of Donor-Extended Kinshipp. 190
The Theoretical Future of a Conscious Feminist Kinshipp. 211
Families by the Bay: The Study Design, Method, and Participantsp. 231
Notesp. 247
Bibliographyp. 285
Indexp. 305
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ISBN: 9780520239647
ISBN-10: 0520239644
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 323
Published: 6th September 2004
Publisher: University of California Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.23 x 15.24  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.45

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