Families We Choose: Lesbians, Gays, Kinship / Edition 2

Families We Choose: Lesbians, Gays, Kinship / Edition 2

by Kath Weston
ISBN-10:
0231110936
ISBN-13:
9780231110938
Pub. Date:
10/08/1997
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
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Overview

Families We Choose: Lesbians, Gays, Kinship / Edition 2

This classic text, originally published in 1991 and now revised and updated to include a new preface, draws upon fieldwork and interviews to explore the ways gay men and lesbians are constructing their own notions of kinship by drawing on the symbolism of love, friendship, and biology.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780231110938
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publication date: 10/08/1997
Series: Between Men~Between Women: Lesbian and Gay Studies Series
Edition description: revised edition
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 1,064,735
Product dimensions: 5.97(w) x 8.89(h) x 0.72(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

Table of Contents

Preface to the Paperback Edition
Acknowledgments
1.The Monkey Cage and the Red Desoto
2. Exiles from Kinship
Is Straight to Gay as Family Is to No Family?
Deck the Halls
Kinship and Procreation
From Biology to Choice
3. Coming Out to "Blood" Relatives
Disclosing Sexual Identity
Categorical Understandings (Or, It's All Relative)
Family-Which Family?
Conditional Love
Discursive Locations
Taking Identity, Talking Kinship
Selection and Rejection
4. Kinship and Coherence: Ten Stories
5. Families We Choose
Building Gay Families
Substitute for Biological Family?
Friends and Lovers
From Friendship to Community
Deliberating Difference
6. Lovers Through the Looking Glass
The Looking-Glass Other
Power "Differentials," Relationship "Roles"
The Urge to Merge
Narcissism, Kinship, and Class Convictions
Couples Versus Community
Reflections on Metaphor
7. Parenting in the Age of AIDS
The Lesbian Mother as Icon
Male-Female Revisited: Insemination and AIDS
Of Death and Birth
Blood Relatives Respond
Parents and Persons
8. The Politics of Gay Families
Assimilation or Transformation?
Common Ground
The Big Picture
Reengineering Biogenetics
Appendix
Notes
References
Index

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