n Gender Questions - Queering Families of Origin, Chiara Bertone & Maria Pallotta-Chiarolli (Eds.) - book review

Volume 4 Number 1
  • ISSN : 2309-9704



Queerying Families of Origin was originally published as a special issue for the Journal of GLBT Family Studies in 2014. The book provides a rich and detailed account of the experiences and perceptions of self-identified heterosexual family members of GLBT individuals – and it succeeds admirably by building on and citing the earlier work of gender, sexuality and family studies by scholars, in order to provide a “thick descriptive” (Geertz, 1973) account of marginalised individuals within a heteronormative context. In order to curtail critique of providing a monolithic account of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (GLBT) individuals in relation to the social institution of the family, the authors have included contributions from America, Australia, Italy, Slovenia, Spain and the United Kingdom.

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