Lesbian Motherhood: Stories of Becoming

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Author: Amy L. Hequembourg Ph.d.

ISBN-10: 1560236876

ISBN-13: 9781560236870

Category: Lesbian mothers

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A unique practical application of poststructuralist theory to lesbian mothers narrativesLesbian Motherhood: Stories of Becoming analyzes the personal stories of 40 lesbian mothers to discover the complex ways their sense of self is constructed in the current legal, political, and social climate. These intimate narratives are examined by using Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari s conceptual framework to understand subjectivities by focusing on the many flexible lines of movement that constitute subjectivities, or becomings. This unique source reveals deep insight into a lesbian s construction of self through her stories about her own sexuality, parenting, and other experiences in becoming a mother. Lesbian Motherhood: Stories of Becoming challenges the assimilation/resistance perspective typically expressed by scholars of lesbian motherhood. Qualitative interviews reveal startling new perspectives to lesbian mother subjectivities viewed within the context of the legal, political, and social areas that seek to define and regulate contemporary family life. This powerful source explores in detail the discursive strategies through which lesbian subjectivities are created and recreated. Deleuze and Guattari s concept of becoming provides a valuable framework for analyzing the discursive strategies employed by those participating in this study. Topics in Lesbian Motherhood: Stories of Becoming include:• Review of present literature about lesbian motherhood• Details about the interview process• Review of Deleuze and Guattari s analytical framework• Hegemonic ideologies about motherhood• Comparisons of the lesbian mothers life stories with society s understandings of motherhood• Examination of sexual identities within the stories• Becoming processes within the women s stories• Political implications of becomings • And much more!Lesbian Motherhood: Stories of Becoming is insightful, powerful information crucial to gay, lesbian, and bisexual scholars, and social theorists.

PrefaceChapter 1. Lesbian Families are Everywhere: A Critique of Academic and Legal Depictions of Lesbian MotherhoodChapter 2. Eliciting Stories of Lesbian ParentingChapter 3. Analyzing Lesbian Mothers SubjectivitiesChapter 4. Ideologies of MotherhoodChapter 5. Lines and Flows of Lesbian MotherhoodChapter 6. Coming-OutChapter 7. Shifting Boundaries and Interrogating Categories: Purple, Triangular-Shaped Suns and Other Tales of InsubordinationChapter 8. Concluding ThoughtsReferencesEndnotesTablesIndex