Gay Fatherhood: Narratives of Family and Citizenship in America

Gay Fatherhood: Narratives of Family and Citizenship in America

by Ellen Lewin
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0226476588

ISBN-13: 9780226476582

Pub. Date: 11/01/2009

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

More and more gay men are becoming parents, and in Gay Fatherhood, Ellen Lewin presents an in-depth look at the experiences of this surprisingly overlooked group. Lewin takes as her focus people who undertake the difficult process of becoming fathers as gay men, rather than having become fathers while married to women. These men face many challenges in their quest

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More and more gay men are becoming parents, and in Gay Fatherhood, Ellen Lewin presents an in-depth look at the experiences of this surprisingly overlooked group. Lewin takes as her focus people who undertake the difficult process of becoming fathers as gay men, rather than having become fathers while married to women. These men face many challenges in their quest for fatherhood, overcoming unique bureaucratic and financial hurdles as they pursue adoption or surrogacy and juggling questions about their future child's race, age, sex, and health. Gay Fatherhood chronicles the lives of these men, exploring how they cope with political attacks from both the Right and the Left-while also shedding light on the evolving meanings of family in twenty-first-century America.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780226476582
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Publication date:
11/01/2009
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
248
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Prologue. "How Can You Study Such Yucky People?" 1

Chapter 1 Family Values: New Questions about Lesbian and Gay Peoples in the U.S. 14

Chapter 2 Consuming Fatherhood 42

Chapter 3 "Something Inside Me": Gay Fathers and Nature 76

Chapter 4 Our Own Families 98

Chapter 5 Do the Right Thing 125

Chapter 6 "We're Not Gay Anymore" 152

Chapter 7 Corrective Lenses, or Revisioning Yuckiness 174

Notes 193

References 209

Index 227

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