Families We Choose: Lesbians, Gays, Kinship

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Columbia University Press, 1997 - Social Science - 261 pages
Annotation Writers of letters to the "Age" and the "Sydney Morning Herald" are poets, dreamers, and provocateurs. The overwhelming majority are in search of a better world, even if some disguise their aspiration in a sheath that is crackling dry. They are possessed of good sense and a wicked sense of humor. No topic is off limits. Yet hundreds of offerings bite the dust every day. Some are too late. Too vulgar. Too confessional. Some writers are victims of their own success and are at risk of overexposure. Others don't meet the "Herald"'s stringent verification rules. Others are delightfully (but unprintably) kooky. All are kept. From Tony Abbott's dress-ups to Julia Gillard's karate chop, Judith Lucy's sex life, and the perils of proposing to your pet, the vault is opened and our writers' wit, insight, and imagination are unleashed.
 

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Contents

THE MONKEY CAGE AND THE RED DESOTO
1
EXILES FROM KINSHIP
21
IS STRAIGHT TO GAY AS FAMILY IS TO NO FAMILY?
22
DECK THE HALLS
29
KINSHIP AND PROCREATION
33
FROM BIOLOGY TO CHOICE
38
COMING OUT TO BLOOD RELATIVES
43
DISCLOSING SEXUAL IDENTITY
44
THE LOOKINGGLASS OTHER
138
POWER DIFFERENTIALS RELATIONSHIP ROLES
145
THE URGE TO MERGE
150
NARCISSISM KINSHIP AND CLASS CONVICTIONS
153
COUPLES VERSUS COMMUNITY
159
REFLECTIONS ON METAPHOR
162
PARENTING IN THE AGE OF AIDS
165
THE LESBIAN MOTHER AS ICON
168

CATEGORICAL UNDERSTANDINGS OR ITS ALL RELATIVE
52
FAMILYWHICH FAMILY?
56
CONDITIONAL LOVE
61
DISCURSIVE LOCATIONS
64
TAKING IDENTITY TALKING KINSHIP
67
SELECTION AND REJECTION
73
KINSHIP AND COHERENCE TEN STORIES
77
FAMILIES WE CHOOSE
103
BUILDING GAY FAMILIES
107
SUBSTITUTE FOR BIOLOGICAL FAMILY?
116
FRIENDS AND LOVERS
117
FROM FRIENDSHIP TO COMMUNITY
122
DELIBERATING DIFFERENCE
129
LOVERS THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS
137
INSEMINATION AND AIDS
175
OF DEATH AND BIRTH
180
BLOOD RELATIVES RESPOND
185
PARENTS AND PERSONS
188
THE POLITICS OF GAY FAMILIES
195
ASSIMILATION OR TRANSFORMATION?
197
COMMON GROUND
202
THE BIG PICTURE
205
REENGINEERING BIOGENETICS
210
APPENDIX
215
NOTES
223
REFERENCES
235
INDEX
255
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Kath Weston is associate professor of anthropology at Arizona State University West in Phoenix.

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