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Queer Families, Queer Politics: Challenging Culture and the State (Between Men--Between Women)by Mary Bernstein
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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.
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Linking the microdynamics of family, gender, and sexuality to the macrodynamics of politics and the law, 24 contributions address such topics as the creation of intimate relationships among queer adults and with families of origin; queer parents' disparate access to institutions that support families and the ways in which children force the issue of being visible; and the connection between the visibility and aspirations of queer families, and political and legal change. The articles argue that queer families not only challenge culture and the state but also, because of their diversity, complicate lesbian and gay politics. Edited by Bernstein (justice studies, Arizona State U.) and Reimann, who is currently conducting a cross-cultural study of dance and club cultures and the popular music industry.
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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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