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The Family of Woman By Maureen Sullivan

The Family of Woman
by Maureen Sullivan

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Amidst the shrill and discordant notes struck in debates over the make-up - or breakdown - of the American family, the family keeps evolving. This book offers a close and clear-eyed look into a form this change has taken most recently, the lesbian coparent family. It chronicles the experience of thirty-four families headed by lesbian mothers.
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The Family of Woman: Lesbian Mothers, Their Children, and the Undoing of Gender by Maureen Sullivan

Amidst the shrill and discordant notes struck in debates over the make-up - or breakdown - of the American family, the family keeps evolving. This book offers a close and clear-eyed look into a form this change has taken most recently, the lesbian coparent family. Based on intensive interviews and extensive firsthand observation, "The Family of Woman" chronicles the experience of thirty-four families headed by lesbian mothers whose children were conceived by means of donor insemination. With its intimate perspective on the interior dynamics of these families and its penetrating view of their public lives, the book provides rare insight into the workings of emerging family forms and their significance for our understanding of "family" - and our culture itself.

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The Family of Woman Reviews


"The Family of Woman is that precious rarity - a genuinely original, profound scholarly work that is a joy to read." - Judith Stacey, author of In the Name of the Family; "Sullivan makes a compelling argument that lesbian families challenge, at root, the very basis of patriarchal familial norms, and indeed modern notions of biological fixity. A provocative, fascinating study." - Arlene Stein, author of Sex and Sensibility; "Maureen Sullivan's book is a notable document of the quiet social revolution that is producing new forms of the family." - R. W. Connell, author of Gender and Power"

About Maureen Sullivan


Maureen Sullivan is Assistant Professor of Sociology, Northern Illinois University.

Table of Contents


Acknowledgments Introduction 1. The Emergence of Lesbian-Coparent Families in Postmodern Society 2. Becoming Parents: Baby Making in the Age of Assisted Procreation 3. Being Parents: The End of Oedipus and the Expansion of Intimacy 4. Undoing the Gender Division of Labor 5. Truth and Reconciliation: Families of Origin Come Around and Come Out 6. Becoming Familiar in the Community of Strangers 7. The Structure of Donor-Extended Kinship 8. The Theoretical Future of a Conscious Feminist Kinship Appendix: Families by the Bay: The Study Design, Method, and Participants Notes Bibliography Index

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GOR010203533
The Family of Woman: Lesbian Mothers, Their Children, and the Undoing of Gender by Maureen Sullivan
Maureen Sullivan
Used - Well Read
Paperback
University of California Press
2004-08-17
323
0520239644
9780520239647
N/A
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