Gay Fathers, Their Children, and the Making of Kinship by Aaron Goodfellow

By Aaron Goodfellow

whereas the subject of homosexual marriage and households is still renowned within the media, few scholarly works specialize in homosexual males with teenagers. in accordance with ten years of fieldwork between homosexual households residing within the rural, suburban, and concrete zone of the jap usa, homosexual Fathers, Their little ones, and the Making of Kinship provides a superbly written and meticulously argued ethnography of homosexual males and the households they've got formed.

In a tradition that areas a top rate on biology because the founding occasion of paternity, Aaron Goodfellow poses the query: Can the signing of felony contracts and the general public performances of care change organic delivery because the singular occasion marking the production of fathers? starting with a complete evaluation of the correct literature during this box, 4 chapters—each offering a selected photo of paternity—explore more than a few concerns, comparable to interracial adoption, surrogacy, the significance of actual resemblance in familial relationships, unmarried parenthood, delinquency, and the ways that the kingdom may possibly come to outline the norms of health and wellbeing. the writer deftly illustrates how fatherhood for homosexual males attracts on validated organic, theological, and criminal photographs of the relations usually proposal oppressive to the emergence of queer kinds of social life.

Chosen with care and defined with nice sensitivity, each one rigorously researched case examines homosexual fatherhood via existence narratives. Painstakingly theorized, homosexual Fathers, Their young ones, and the Making of Kinship contends that homosexual households are the most very important parts to which social scientists may flip to be able to know how legislation, pop culture, and biology are concurrently made occur and interrogated in way of life. through focusing particularly on homosexual fathers, Goodfellow produces an anthropological account of the way paternity, sexuality, and masculinity are leveraged in family of care among homosexual fathers and their children.

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