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Same sex intimacies : families of choice and other life experiments /

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Responsibility
Jeffrey Weeks, Brian Heaphy, and Catherine Donovan.
Date of Publication
2001
Format
Text
Responsibility
Jeffrey Weeks, Brian Heaphy, and Catherine Donovan.
Author
Weeks, Jeffrey,
Place of Publication
London
New York
Publisher
Routledge
Date of Publication
2001
Physical Description
x, 245 pages ; 24 cm.
Format
Text
ISBN
0415254760
9780415254762
0415254779
9780415254779
9780203167168
0203167163
Notes
Includes bibliographical references (pages 219-234) and index.
Contents
Introduction -- Happy families? -- 'Pick and mix' relationships -- Stories we tell each other -- About the book -- 1. Families of choice : the changing context of non-heterosexual relationships -- The emergence of families of choice -- From identity to relational rights -- The politics of intimate life -- Living 'connected lives' -- 2. Life experiments : the meanings of non-heterosexual relationships -- Life stories -- A 'queer construct family' -- The heterosexual assumption -- Self-invention -- Everyday experiments -- 3. The friendship ethic -- The power of friendship -- Patterns of friendship -- Facing fateful moments -- The complexities of friendship -- Differences -- The value of commitment -- The significance of the friendship ethic -- 4. In search of home -- The different meanings of 'home' -- First home -- Tales of the city -- Reflexive community -- Multiple belongings -- Ways of living -- Everyday practices -- Home, community and care -- 5. Partnership rites -- Couples -- The egalitarian ideal -- Living with power -- Intimacy and love -- Affirming commitment -- 6. Sexual pleasures -- The value of sex -- Doing gender? -- Undoing gender? -- Ethics of relating -- Erotics and ethical practice -- 7. Parenting -- The 'gayby' boom -- Parenting stories -- Parenting practices -- Caring practices -- Hazards -- The needs of children -- 8. Towards intimate citizenship -- The unfinished revolution -- The possibilities -- The risks -- Practices of freedom -- Assimilation or difference? -- Intimate citizenship -- Appendix 1. Researching Same sex intimacies -- Appendix 2. Biographies of interviewees.
Summary
"Based on extensive interviews with people in a variety of non-traditional relationships, this book argues that developments in the non-heterosexual world are closely linked to wider changes in the meaning of family and intimate relationships in society at large, and that each can cast light on the other. Same Sex Intimacies offers vivid accounts of the different ways non-heterosexual people have been able to create meaningful intimate relationships for themselves, and highlights the role of individual agency and collective endeavour in forging these 'life experiments': as friends, partners, parents and as members of communities. This book will provide compelling reading for students of the family, sexuality and lesbian and gay studies."--Jacket.
Subjects
Same-sex marriage.
Gay couples
Lesbian couples
Gay adoption.
Gay parents
Additional Author
Heaphy, Brian,
Donovan, Catherine,
Collection
Wolfgram Memorial Lbrary Collection
Call Number
HQ76.34 .W44 2001
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