Families We Choose

Lesbians, Gays, Kinship, revised edition

Kath Weston

Columbia University Press

Families We Choose

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Pub Date: October 1997

ISBN: 9780231110938

288 Pages

Format: Paperback

List Price: $27.95£22.00

Pub Date: October 1997

ISBN: 9780585380902

288 Pages

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Families We Choose

Lesbians, Gays, Kinship, revised edition

Kath Weston

Columbia University Press

Graceful.... Valuable for the ways it demonstrates that, like race, gender and sexual identity, the meaning of kinship is culturally relative--and susceptible to change. The Women's Review of Books
The first to analyze the historical conditions, social meaning, and political implications of lesbians and gays' appropriating the language of kinship...A fine book. Contemporary Sociology
Represents a new direction in lesbian and gay studies and in the anthropology of American culture. SIGNS: Journal of Women in Culture and Society
This book demands--and deserves--thorough and careful reading....A well-documented work for gay studies collections. Library Journal
Weighs in as an important contribution to current debates about family and family values. American Journal of Sociology
Preface to the Paperback Edition
Acknowledgments
1.The Monkey Cage and the Red Desoto
2. Exiles from Kinship
Is Straight to Gay as Family Is to No Family?
Deck the Halls
Kinship and Procreation
From Biology to Choice
3. Coming Out to "Blood" Relatives
Disclosing Sexual Identity
Categorical Understandings (Or, It's All Relative)
Family-Which Family?
Conditional Love
Discursive Locations
Taking Identity, Talking Kinship
Selection and Rejection
4. Kinship and Coherence: Ten Stories
5. Families We Choose
Building Gay Families
Substitute for Biological Family?
Friends and Lovers
From Friendship to Community
Deliberating Difference
6. Lovers Through the Looking Glass
The Looking-Glass Other
Power "Differentials," Relationship "Roles"
The Urge to Merge
Narcissism, Kinship, and Class Convictions
Couples Versus Community
Reflections on Metaphor
7. Parenting in the Age of AIDS
The Lesbian Mother as Icon
Male-Female Revisited: Insemination and AIDS
Of Death and Birth
Blood Relatives Respond
Parents and Persons
8. The Politics of Gay Families
Assimilation or Transformation?
Common Ground
The Big Picture
Reengineering Biogenetics
Appendix
Notes
References
Index

About the Author

Kath Weston is associate professor of anthropology at Arizona State University West in Phoenix.