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The New KinshipConstructing Donor-Conceived Families$
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Naomi R. Cahn

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780814772034

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814772034.001.0001

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The Meaning of Family in a Changing World

The Meaning of Family in a Changing World

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The New Kinship

Naomi Cahn

NYU Press

This chapter explores changing meanings of the terms “family” and “parents”. It considers some of the new forms of family that populate the donor-conceived world. It shows how donor-conceived families already complicate the traditional, biologically constructed family form. It then examines other types of bonds that have lent further layers to the meaning of family, such as friendships and parenting relationships. The concept of family becomes more complex as we unravel the different choices made in creating kinship connections through biology, function, and intimacy. Finally, the chapter explores yet another challenge to the concept of families as intimate havens: the buying and selling of gametes.

Keywords:   donor families, parents, friendships, parenting, kinship, gametes, donor-conceived families

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