Families We Choose: Lesbians, Gays, Kinship

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Columbia University Press, 1997 - Social Science - 261 pages
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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.

 

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Part of the new series entitled "Between Men-Between Women: Lesbian and Gay Studies,'' this book demands--and deserves--thorough and careful reading. With weighty prose, Weston, an anthropology ... Read full review

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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