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Abbie E. Goldberg’s Lesbian and Gay Parents and their Children: Research on the Family Life Cycle is a comprehensive review and critical analysis of the empirical research and contemporary debates in lesbian and gay parenting. With this text, Goldberg secures her status as an expert scholar in the burgeoning field of lesbian and gay family studies. Drawing on an integrated theoretical approach, Goldberg anchors nonheterosexuals’ family-building processes within the multilayered legal, historical and political structures that shape them. Qualitative and quantitative studies are artfully weaved together to capture the breadth, depth, complexities, and controversies in the existing scholarship on lesbian and gay families with children.
A brief introductory chapter sets up the organization and conceptual framework for the book. Intersecting and complimentary perspectives of ecological, life course, and social constructionism guide the analysis, writing, and presentation of the text....
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