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Queer StepfamiliesThe Path to Social and Legal Recognition$
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Katie L. Acosta

Print publication date: 2021

Print ISBN-13: 9781479800957

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: January 2022

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9781479800957.001.0001

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Seeking Recognition in Stepparent Families

Seeking Recognition in Stepparent Families

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Queer Stepfamilies

Katie L. Acosta

NYU Press

This chapter emphasizes the strategies used by mixed-race stepfamilies led by lesbian, bisexual, transgender, or queer parents or by racially minoritized stepparents to make themselves intelligible as family to others. Some stepparents capitalized on others’ (mis)recognition of their family members as biologically related to each other in order to gain access to institutions reserved for origin parents (for example, hospitals, schools). Respondents had different levels of commitment to racial/cultural literacy within their families. Some were intentional about raising their children to be conscious and proud of their racial differences. Others were most comfortable ignoring race in their homes. Still, the findings suggest that race shaped the opportunities available to respondent families in subtle and sometimes immeasurable ways.

Keywords:   recognition, (mis)recognition, race, mixed race

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