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Queer Kinship and Family Change in Taiwan

Amy Brainer (author)

ISBN: 9780813597607

Publication Date: Nov 2018

Format: Paperback

Also available as: Hardback  

Interweaving the narratives of multiple family members, including mothers, fathers, and siblings of her queer and trans informants, Amy Brainer analyses the ways that families navigate their internal differences. Brainer looks across generational cohorts for clues about how larger social, cultural, and political shifts have materialized in people's everyday lives.
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Interweaving the narratives of multiple family members, including mothers, fathers, and siblings of her queer and trans informants, Amy Brainer analyzes the ways that families navigate their internal differences. In Queer Kinship and Family Change in Taiwan, Brainer looks across generational cohorts, with informants ranging in age from their twenties to their seventies, for clues about how larger social, cultural, and political shifts have materialized in people's everyday lives. Her findings highlight the crucial importance of new parenting and family discourses, and enduring inequalities in the distribution of family work and resources for queer and heterosexual kin alike.
 
Brainer's research takes her from political marches and support group meetings to family dinner tables in cities and small towns across Taiwan. She speaks with parents and siblings who vary in whether and to what extent they have made peace with having a queer or transgender family member, and queer and trans people who vary in what they hope for and expect from their families of origin. Across these diverse life stories, Brainer uses a feminist materialist framework to illuminate struggles for personal and sexual autonomy in the intimate context of family and home.
Pages 166
Dimensions 229 x 152 x 13
Date Published 30 Nov 2018
Publisher Rutgers University Press
Series Families in Focus
Subject/s Society & culture: general   Gender studies: women   Gender studies, gender groups   Gay & Lesbian studies   Sociology: family & relationships   Gay studies (Gay men)  
  • Introduction: Bringing Families of Origin into Focus
  • Meanings of Silence and Disclosure
  • (Queerly) Carrying on the Family
  • Gender and Power Across Generations
  • Strategic Normativity: Sex, Politics, and Parents
  • Siblings and Family Work
  • Appendix A: Naming and Language
  • Appendix B: List of Interviewees
Amy Brainer is an assistant professor of sociology and women and gender studies at the University of Michigan-Dearborn.

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