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Family of Woman: Lesbian Mothers, Their Children, and the Undoing of Gender

by Maureen Sullivan
£13.95   paperback  University of California Press (2004)

Family of Woman: Lesbian Mothers, Their Children, and the Undoing of Gender by Maureen Sullivan Based on intensive interviews and extensive firsthand observation, this book chronicles the experiences of thirty four families headed by lesbian mothers whose children where conceived by means of donor insemination. With its intimate perspective on the interior dynamics of these families and its perceptive vision of their public lives, the book provides a rare insight into the workings of emerging family forms and into their significance for our understanding of "family" - and of our culture itself.

"Providing the most illuminating, theoretically sophisticated account to date of how the lesbian co-parented family is quietly shattering the existing gender order, this book expertly weaves captivating ethnographic family portraits into the broader social and political tapestry of our fiercely fought contemporary family revolution. Scholarly, provocative, witty and deeply humane, 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)

ISBN 13: 9780520239647 | ISBN 10: 0520239644