Modern Families

Author: Joshua Gamson
Publisher: NYU Press
ISBN: 1479869732
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A personal, intimate account of the extraordinary ways that today’s families are being created. From adoption and assisted reproduction, to gay and straight parents, coupled and single, and multi-parent families, the stories in Modern Families explain how individuals make unconventional families by accessing a broad range of technological, medical and legal choices that expand our definitions of parenting and kinship. Joshua Gamson introduces us to a child with two mothers, made with one mother’s egg and the sperm of a man none of them has ever met; another born in Ethiopia, delivered by his natural grandmother to an orphanage after both his parents died in close succession, and then to the arms of his mother, who is raising him solo. These tales are deeply personal and political. The process of forming these families involved jumping tremendous hurdles—social conventions, legal and medical institutions—with heightened intention and inventiveness, within and across multiple inequities and privileges. Yet each of these families, however they came to be, shares the same universal joys that all families share. A companion for all those who choose to navigate the world of modern kinship, Modern Families provides a “fascinating look at the remarkable range of experiences that is broadening the very idea of family” (Booklist).

Random Families

Author: Rosanna Hertz
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0190888296
Size: 74.30 MB
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The ready availability of donated sperm and eggs has made possible an entirely new form of family. Children of the same donor and their families, with the help of the internet, can now locate each other and make contact. Sometimes this network of families form meaningful connections that blossom into longstanding groups, and close friendships. This book is about unprecedented families that have grown up at the intersection of new reproductive technologies, social media and the human desire for belonging. Random Families asks: Do shared genes make you a family? What do couples do when they discover that their children shares half their DNA with a dozen or more other offspring from the same sperm donor? What do kids find in common with their donor siblings? What becomes of these chance networks once parents and donor siblings find one another? Based on over 350 interviews with children (ages 10-28) and their parents from all over the U.S., Random Families chronicles the chain of choices that couples and single mothers make from what donor to use to how to participate (or not) in donor sibling networks. Children reveal their understanding of a donor, the donor's spot on the family tree and the meaning of their donor siblings. Through rich first-person accounts of network membership, the book illustrates how these extraordinary relationships -- woven from bits of online information and shared genetic ties -- are transformed into new possibilities for kinship. Random Families offers down-to-earth stories from real families to highlight just how truly distinctive these contemporary new forms of family are.

Family Matters

Author: Barbara A. Mitchell
Publisher: Canadian Scholars’ Press
ISBN: 1773380214
Size: 41.65 MB
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Now in its third edition, Family Matters provides a comprehensive yet succinct introduction to family sociology in Canada. Combining a strong emphasis on the diversity of Canadian families with rich pedagogy and up-to-date research, this engaging and highly accessible text takes a critical sociological approach to introduce students to key topics, including family theory and methods, gendered divisions of labour, LGBTQ2 families, and the effects of poverty and illness on Canadian households. The chapters are organized into three interrelated sections: shifting conceptualizations of families, family life-course transitions, and social policy responses to critical issues facing families today. Thoroughly updated with recent statistics, this revised edition features a new chapter on Indigenous families and expanded coverage of emergent subject areas, such as immigrant and refugee families, living apart together (LAT) relationships, skip-generation households, youth transitions to adulthood, and the impact of new communication and medical technologies on family life. The abundant learning supports, which include informative feature boxes, questions for critical reflection, glossaries, and suggested readings and websites, make Family Matters an indispensable resource for students of family sociology in Canada.

Library Journal

Author: Melvil Dewey
Publisher:
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Includes, beginning Sept. 15, 1954 (and on the 15th of each month, Sept.-May) a special section: School library journal, ISSN 0000-0035, (called Junior libraries, 1954-May 1961). Also issued separately.