Lesbian Family Relationships in American Society: The Making of an Ethnographic Film

Lesbian Family Relationships in American Society: The Making of an Ethnographic Film

by Maureen A. Asten
     
 

This book explores intimate relationships in lesbian families living in American society. From an insider's point of view, it examines how relationships within these families form and develop, what special concerns and problems result, what personal gains the family members derive from these types of families, and how motherhood and parenthood evolve. This work is

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This book explores intimate relationships in lesbian families living in American society. From an insider's point of view, it examines how relationships within these families form and develop, what special concerns and problems result, what personal gains the family members derive from these types of families, and how motherhood and parenthood evolve. This work is a companion to Dr. Asten's ethnographic video, Intimate Relationships in Three Lesbian Families Living in American Society.

Most of the literature on lesbian families compares heterosexual families to lesbian families and uses the researcher's perspective as the core unit of analysis. In contrast, this work is an interrelated filmed/written ethnography which is the result of participant observation and feminist participatory research. It includes not only the researcher's data analysis but also the participants' reaction to and interaction with the process. Providing a unique understanding of the diversity of the American family, this is an important contribution to the growing fields of lesbian/feminist studies and visual anthropology, as well as sociology and psychology. For a copy of the video, Intimate Relationships in Three Lesbian Families Living in American Society, that accompanies this book, contact Dr. Maureen A. Asten, 1 Fifth Avenue, Shrewsbury, MA 01545. Telephone: (508) 799-9746.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780275956424
Publisher:
ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date:
07/28/1997
Pages:
164
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.50(d)
Lexile:
1050L (what's this?)

Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
1Introduction1
2Family One7
3Family Two29
4Family Three49
5Family Four67
6Comparing and Contrasting the Families87
App. AA Feminist Ethnographic Approach to Lesbian Studies97
App. BDefining Participatory Observational Cinema and the Filmmaker's Role101
App. CDescription of the Research Process: How the Families Were Identified105
App. DThe Camera in the Research Process and as a Data Collection Tool107
App. EThe Participants' Reactions to the Video Camera/Filmmaker and the Videotape Process109
App. FThe Data Collection Process117
App. GData Analysis: Coding Interviews and Making the Video119
App. HReview of the Literature125
App. ILegal and Ethical issues131
App. JData Collection Forms135
Bibliography141
Index147

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