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Critical differentials: querying the incongruities within research on lesbian parent families

Gabb, Jacqui (2004). Critical differentials: querying the incongruities within research on lesbian parent families. Sexualities, 7(2) pp. 167–182.

DOI (Digital Object Identifier) Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1363460704042162
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Abstract

Contemporary research on ‘lesbian families’ tends to portray them as progressive examples of non-nuclear parenting that challenge traditional kinship formation. In contrast my data revealed that, in many instances, it remains the ‘birth mother’ who is figuratively and literally left ‘holding the baby’, and traditional understandings and experiences of family persist. This article calls into question the representativeness of radical models and addresses the differences between research findings on lesbian parent families. Rather than contest the accuracy of others’ research, I argue that the reasons for differences between analyses can be found in the research process. Thus I query the epistemological and methodological foundations of radical research into lesbian parent families.

Item Type: Journal Article
ISSN: 1461-7382
Keywords: lesbian community; lesbian mothers; lesbian parent families; research methodologies
Academic Unit/Department: Social Sciences > Social Policy and Criminology
Interdisciplinary Research Centre: Centre for Citizenship, Identities and Governance (CCIG)
Item ID: 4144
Depositing User: Users 6043 not found.
Date Deposited: 03 Jul 2006
Last Modified: 02 Dec 2010 19:51
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/4144
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