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In Lesbian Step Families: An Ethnography of Love, you’ll explore in detail the different kinds of step relationships that are developed and what factors may lead to the different types of step mothering in lesbian step families. The book helps you understand these relationships and parent roles through in-depth discussions of:
The findings in Lesbian Step Families: An Ethnography of Love challenge traditional views of mothering and fathering as gender and biologically based activities; they indicate that lesbian step families model gender flexibility and that the mothers and step mothers share parenting--both traditional mothering and fathering--tasks. This allows the biological mother some freedom from motherhood as well as support in it. With insight such as this, you will be prepared to help a client, a loved one, or yourself develop and maintain healthy family relationships.
Report of 5 families; research methodology, study design, data analysis; findings; appendices incl. study materials.
|Ch. 1||Complexity and Opportunity||1|
|Ch. 2||The Family Gestalt||37|
|Ch. 3||We are (Normal) Family||69|
|Ch. 4||The Lesbian Couple as Heads of Household: Attempting Matriarchy in the Shadow of Patriarchy||97|
|Ch. 5||Outside/Insight: Creating the Step Mother Role and Redefining the Mother Role||113|
|Ch. 6||Forging Families in a Heterosexual Supremacist Environment||145|
|Ch. 7||Free to Be You and Me||195|
|App. A||Informed Consent Forms||219|
|App. B||Structured Interview Questions||223|
|App. C||Journal Instructions||229|
|App. D||Letters to Participants||231|