Gay Parenthood in Context
This book explores the perspectives of gay men who became parents through adoption, with particular emphasis on how they experience and perceive the transition to adoptive parenthood. Using data obtained from interviews with thirty-five gay male adoptive couples, it examines how gay fathers wrestle with and navigate heteronormative and sometimes conflicting discourses regarding parenthood, family, and gender. By focusing on the experiences of gay fathers in today's society, the book highlights the centrality of heteronormativity in the institutions governing and the discourses surrounding families. This introduction discusses changes in family life and social relationships that have occurred in the United States over the past six decades, along with historical changes in gay identity politics and attitudes about homosexuality and the implications of these social changes for gay parenthood. It also provides an overview of the chapters contained in the book as well as the methodology used in the study and the research participants.
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