Unhitched: Love, Marriage, and Family Values from West Hollywood to Western China (Google eBook)

Front Cover
NYU Press, Jan 1, 2011 - Family & Relationships - 275 pages
8 Reviews

A leading expert on the family, Judith Stacey is known for her provocative research on mainstream issues. Finding herself impatient with increasingly calcified positions taken in the interminable wars over same-sex marriage, divorce, fatherlessness, marital fidelity, and the like, she struck out to profile unfamiliar cultures of contemporary love, marriage, and family values from around the world.

Built on bracing original research that spans gay men's intimacies and parenting in this country to plural and non-marital forms of family in South Africa and China, Unhitched decouples the taken for granted relationships between love, marriage, and parenthood. Countering the one-size-fits-all vision of family values, Stacey offers readers a lively, in-person introduction to these less familiar varieties of intimacy and family and to the social, political, and economic conditions that buttress and batter them.

Through compelling stories of real families navigating inescapable personal and political trade-offs between desire and domesticity, the book undermines popular convictions about family, gender, and sexuality held on the left, right, and center. Taking on prejudices of both conservatives and feminists, Unhitched poses a powerful empirical challenge to the belief that the nuclear family--whether straight or gay--is the single, best way to meet our needs for intimacy and care. Stacey calls on citizens and policy-makers to make their peace with the fact that family diversity is here to stay.

  

What people are saying - Write a review

User ratings

5 stars
0
4 stars
5
3 stars
3
2 stars
0
1 star
0

LibraryThing Review

User Review  - TadAD - LibraryThing

The fundamental premise of Stacey's book is that monogamous, heterosexual marriage is: a) Not the only viable form of pair-bonding, b) Not the overwhelmingly dominate form in human history, c) Not ... Read full review

Review: Unhitched: Love, Marriage, and Family Values from West Hollywood to Western China

User Review  - JD Mechelke - Goodreads

Very heady....but very good. She writes about some eye opening perspectives. Read full review

Contents

Love Sex and Kinship in Gay El Lay
13
Gay Parenthood and the End of Paternity as We Knew It
49
A South African Slant on the Slippery Slope
89
Paradoxes of Polygamy and Modernity
122
Love without
152
Copyright

Common terms and phrases

About the author (2011)

Judith Stacey is Streisand Professor of Contemporary Gender Studies and Professor of Sociology at the University of Southern California. She is the author of "Patriarchy and the Socialist Revolution in China" (California, 1983).

Bibliographic information