Families We Choose: Lesbians, Gays, Kinship by Kath Weston
AWARDED: Winner of a Ruth Benedict Prize in Anthropology
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.
-Graceful. . . . Valuable for the ways it demonstrates that, like race, gender and sexual identity, the meaning of kinship is culturally relative--and susceptible to change. -The Women's Review of Books
Kath Weston is associate professor of anthropology at Arizona State University West in Phoenix.
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