Families We Choose: Lesbians, Gays, Kinship [NOOK Book]

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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.

Winner of a Ruth Benedict Prize in Anthropology

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Families We Choose: Lesbians, Gays, Kinship

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Overview

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.

Winner of a Ruth Benedict Prize in Anthropology

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Editorial Reviews

Women's Review of Books
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.
Booknews
Weston draws upon fieldwork and interviews conducted in the San Francisco Bay area 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. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
The Women's Review of Books

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.

Contemporary Sociology

The first to analyze the historical conditions, social meaning, and political implications of lesbians and gays' appropriating the language of kinship...A fine book.

SIGNS: Journal of Women in Culture and Society

Represents a new direction in lesbian and gay studies and in the anthropology of American culture.

American Journal of Sociology

Weighs in as an important contribution to current debates about family and family values.

SIGNS: Journal of Women in Culture and Society
Represents a new direction in lesbian and gay studies and in the anthropology of American culture.
Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society
Represents a new direction in lesbian and gay studies and in the anthropology of American culture.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780585380902
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press
  • Publication date: 1/22/2005
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 534,872
  • File size: 812 KB

Meet the Author

Kath Weston is associate professor of anthropology at Arizona State University West in Phoenix.

Columbia University Press

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Table of Contents

Preface to the Paperback Edition
Acknowledgments
1 The Monkey Cage and the Red Desoto 1
2 Exiles from Kinship 21
Is Straight to Gay as Family Is to No Family? 22
Deck the Halls 29
Kinship and Procreation 33
From Biology to Choice 38
3 Coming Out to "Blood" Relatives 43
Disclosing Sexual Identity 44
Categorical Understandings (Or, It's All Relative) 52
Family - Which Family? 56
Conditional Love 61
Discursive Locations 64
Taking Identity, Talking Kinship 67
Selection and Rejection 73
4 Kinship and Coherence: Ten Stories 77
5 Families We Choose 103
Building Gay Families 107
Substitute for Biological Family? 116
Friends and Lovers 117
From Friendship to Community 122
Deliberating Difference 129
6 Lovers through the Looking Glass 137
The Looking-Glass Other 138
Power "Differentials," Relationship "Roles" 145
The Urge to Merge 150
Narcissism, Kinship, and Class Convictions 153
Couples Versus Community 159
Reflections on Metaphor 162
7 Parenting in the Age of AIDS 165
The Lesbian Mother as Icon 168
Male-Female Revisited: Insemination and AIDS 175
Of Death and Birth 180
Blood Relatives Respond 185
Parents and Persons 188
8 The Politics of Gay Families 195
Assimilation or Transformation? 197
Common Ground 202
The Big Picture 205
Reengineering Biogenetics 210
Appendix 215
Notes 223
References 235
Index 255
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