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Same Sex Intimacies: Families of Choice and Other Life Experiments [NOOK Book]

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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 ...

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Same Sex Intimacies: Families of Choice and Other Life Experiments

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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: 9781134576487
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 9/2/2003
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 256
  • File size: 3 MB

Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgements
Introduction 1
1 Families of choice: the changing context of non-heterosexual relationships 9
2 Life experiments: the meanings of non-heterosexual relationships 28
3 The friendship ethic 51
4 In search of home 77
5 Partnership rites 104
6 Sexual pleasures 132
7 Parenting 157
8 Towards intimate citizenship 180
App. 1 Researching Same Sex Intimacies 200
App. 2: Biographies of interviewees 207
Bibliography 219
Index 235
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