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New Choices, New Families: How Lesbians Decide about Motherhood

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How do lesbians decide to become mothers or remain childfree? Why do new families form at particular historical moments? These questions are at the heart of Nancy J. Mezey's New Choices, New Families.

Researchers, politicians, and society at large continue to debate the changing American family, especially nontraditional families that emerge from divorce, remarriage, grandparents-as-parents, and adoption. This ongoing discussion also engages the controversy surrounding the parental rights of same-sex couples and their families.

New Choices, New Families enters into this conversation. Mezey asks why lesbians are forming families at this particular historical moment and wonders how race, class, sexual identity, and family history factor into the decision-making process. Drawing heavily from personal interviews, Mezey's groundbreaking analysis gives voice to groups long underrepresented in similar studies — black, Latina, working class, and childfree lesbians. Some chapters examine how childhood experiences contribute to the desire to become a mother, while others consider the influence of women's partners and careers.

New Choices, New Families provides thoughtful insights into questions about sexual identity, social and cultural expectations, and what and who constitute a family.

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Mezey (sociology, Monmouth University) asks why lesbians are forming families at this particular historical moment and wonders how race, class, sexual identity, and family history factor into the decision- making process. Drawing heavily from personal interviews, her analysis gives voice to groups long underrepresented in similar studies, such as black, Latina, working class, and childfree lesbians. Some chapters examine how childhood experiences contribute to the desire to become a mother, while others consider the influence of women's partners and careers. Annotation ©2009 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN:
9780801890000
Author:
Mezey, Nancy J
Publisher:
Johns Hopkins University Press
Author:
Mezey, Nancy J.
Subject:
Lesbians
Subject:
Lesbian mothers
Subject:
Parenting - Motherhood
Subject:
Gender Studies
Subject:
Women's Studies - General
Subject:
Lesbian Studies
Subject:
Sociology - Marriage & Family
Subject:
Alternative Family
Subject:
Motherhood
Subject:
Gay and Lesbian-General
Copyright:
Publication Date:
20080531
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
187
Dimensions:
8.43x5.61x.56 in. .56 lbs.

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