Queer Families, Queer Politics Challenging Culture and the State

ISBN-10: 0231116918

ISBN-13: 9780231116916

Edition: 2001

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Description: This is the first book about lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender families that connects issues of gender, sexuality, and the family with the broader issues of social movements, politics, and law. Chapters address the themes of visibility, transgression, and resistance, as well as the intersection between the personal and political in the contexts of relationships, parenthood, and political activism. Giving special attention to families of color, immigrant, and poor families, the authors examine the risks entailed in coming out and the significance of class, race, and sexual and gender identity in this process. Parenting also creates dilemmas of visibility as queer families negotiate malls and schools as well as the medical, legal, and political institutions that regulate their families. This book explores how heteronormative and class assumptions influence state polices on parenthood, adoption, and relationships between adults, to question whether the law can meet the needs of queer families. Also discussed is how queer family politics are com-plicated by bisexuality, nonmonagamy, and gender nonconformity.

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Book details

List price: $36.00
Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publication date: 5/15/2001
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 336
Size: 6.06" wide x 8.94" long x 0.91" tall
Weight: 1.430
Language: English

Mary Bernstein is assistant professor in the School of Justice Studies at Arizona State University.Renate Reimann is a research scholar at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York.

Acknowledgments
Queer Families and the Politics of Visibility
Relationships
In/Visibility
A Member of the Funeral: An Introspective Ethnography
Weddings Without Marriage: Making Sense of Lesbian and Gay Commitment Rituals
"We Can See Them, But We Can't Hear Them": LGBT Members of African American Families
Talking Freaks: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Families on Daytime Talk TV
One Man's Story of Being Gay and Dine (Navajo): A Study in Resiliency
Communicating Our Relationships
Family Secrets, or ... How to Become a Bisexual Alien Without Really Trying
A Place Called Home: A Queer Political Economy of Mexican Immigrant Men's Family Experiences
Constituting Nonmonogamies
Communication in "Asian American" Families with Queer Members: A Relational Dialectics Perspective
Parenthood
Becoming Parents
Affording Our Families: Class Issues in Family Formation
Should Lesbians Count as Infertile Couples? Antilesbian Discrimination in Assisted Reproduction
Protecting Our Parent-Child Relationships: Understanding the Strengths and Weaknesses of Second-Parent Adoption
Parenthood
"My Daddy Loves Your Daddy": A Gay Father Encounters a Social Movement
Alma Mater: Family "Outings" and the Making of the Modern Other Mother (MOM)
Lesbian Mothers at Work
"Aside From One Little, Tiny Detail, We Are So Incredibly Normal": Perspectives of Children in Lesbian Step Families
Political Activism
The Marrying Kind?
Building Common Ground: Strategies for Grassroots Organizing on Same-Sex Marriage
"What If?" The Legal Consequences of Marriage and the Legal Needs of Lesbian and Gay Male Couples
Take My Domestic Partner, Please: Gays and Marriage in the Era of the Visible
Defense, Morality, Civil Rights, and Family: The Evolution of Lesbian and Gay Issues in the U.S. Congress
Gender Transgressions and Queer Family Law
Political Organizing and the Limits of Civil Rights: Gay Marriage and Queer Families
Transgenderism and Sexual Orientation: More Than a Marriage of Convenience?
Gender, Queer Family Policies, and the Limits of Law
List of Contributors
Index
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