Same Sex Intimacies: Families of Choice and Other Life Experiments

Same Sex Intimacies: Families of Choice and Other Life Experiments

by Catherine Donovan, Brian Heaphy, Jeffrey Weeks
     
 

Our families are increasingly a matter of choice, and the choices are widening all the time. This is particularly true of the non-heterosexual world, where the last ten years have seen a popular acceptance of same sex partnerships and, to a lesser extent, of same sex parenting.

Based on extensive interviews with people in a variety of non-traditional

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Overview

Our families are increasingly a matter of choice, and the choices are widening all the time. This is particularly true of the non-heterosexual world, where the last ten years have seen a popular acceptance of same sex partnerships and, to a lesser extent, of same sex parenting.

Based on extensive interviews with people in a variety of non-traditional relationships, this fascinating new book argues that these developments in the non-heterosexual world are closely linked to wider changes in the meaning of family in society at large, and that each can cast light on the other.

Same Sex Intimacies gives vivid accounts of the different ways non-heterosexual people have been able to create meaningful intimate relationships for themselves, and highlights the role of individual agency and collective endeavour in forging these roles: as friends, partners, parents and as members of communities. This topical book will provide compelling reading for students of the family, sexuality and lesbian and gay studies.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415254762
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
07/18/2001
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.75(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgements
Introduction1
1Families of choice: the changing context of non-heterosexual relationships9
2Life experiments: the meanings of non-heterosexual relationships28
3The friendship ethic51
4In search of home77
5Partnership rites104
6Sexual pleasures132
7Parenting157
8Towards intimate citizenship180
App. 1Researching Same Sex Intimacies200
App. 2: Biographies of interviewees207
Bibliography219
Index235

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