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Feminist Perspectives on Family Relationships: Part 2


In Part 2 of the three-part collection about feminism and families, we bring together five different articles demonstrating the diversity of this field of study. This issue includes authors from six different disciplines and three national backgrounds. Studies in this issue include data collected from participants in different continents (Asia, Europe, North America), with different family roles (e.g., daughters, intimate partners, families), through different moments in time (e.g., longitudinal studies). Participants in the studies are also diverse in their sexual orientation, religious background, and socio-economic. Theoretical approaches to examine the topics of study in this issue vary from classical gender theories to intersectionality and include integrations of specific feminist approaches with other radically different theories in the social sciences. Methods of research are also diverse, including one critical review article, one in-depth qualitative study, and three sophisticated quantitative analyses.

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  1. Allen, K. R., & Jaramillo-Sierra, A. L. (2015). Feminist theory and research on family relationships: Pluralism and complexity. Sex Roles, 73, 93–99. doi:10.1007/s11199-015-0527-4.

  2. Bjork-James, S. (2015). Feminist ethnography in cyberspace: Imagining families in the cloud. Sex Roles, 73, 113–124. doi:10.1007/s11199-015-0507-8.

  3. Curran, M. A., McDaniel, B. T., Pollitt, A. M., & Totenhagen, C. J. (2015). Gender, emotion work, and relationship quality: A daily diary study. Sex Roles, 73, 157–173. doi:10.1007/s11199-015-0495-8.

  4. Fulcher, M., Dinella, L. M., & Weisgram, E. S. (2015). Constructing a feminist reorganization of the heterosexual breadwinner/caregiver family model: College students’ plans for their own future families. Sex Roles, 73, 174–186. doi:10.1007/s11199-015-0487-8.

  5. Fulu, W., & Miedema, S. (2016). Globalization and changing family relations: Family violence and women’s resistance in Asian Muslim societies. Sex Roles, 74. Advance online publication. doi:10.1007/s11199-015-0540-7.

  6. Goldberg, A. E., Moyer, A. M., Black, K., & Henry, A. (2015). Lesbian and heterosexual adoptive mothers’ experiences of relationship dissolution. Sex Roles, 73, 141–156. doi:10.1007/s11199-014-0432-2.

  7. Halpern, H.P., & Perry-Jenkins, M. (2016). Parents’ gender ideology and gendered behavior as predictors of children’s gender-role attitudes: A longitudinal exploration. Sex Roles, 74. Advance online publication. doi:10.1007/s11199-015-0539-0.

  8. Henderson, A., Harmon, S., & Newman, H. (2016). The price mothers pay, even when they are not buying it: Mental health consequences of idealized motherhood. Sex Roles, 74. Advance online publication. doi:10.1007/s11199-015-0534-5.

  9. Mahler, S. J., Chaudhuri, M., & Patil, V. (2015). Scaling intersectionality: Advancing feminist analysis of transnational families. Sex Roles, 73, 100–112. doi:10.1007/s11199-015-0506-9.

  10. Swenson, A.R., & Zvonkovic, A.M. (2016). Navigating mothering: A feminist analysis of frequent work travel and independence in families. Sex Roles, 74. Advance online publication. doi:10.1007/s11199-015-0545-2.

  11. Tasker, F., & Delvoye, M. (2015). Moving out of the shadows: Accomplishing bisexual motherhood. Sex Roles, 73, 125–140. doi:10.1007/s11199-015-0503-z.

  12. Treas, J., & Tai, T. (2016). Gender inequality in housework across 20 European nations: Lessons from gender stratification theories. Sex Roles, 74. doi:10.1007/s11199-015-0575-9.

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Jaramillo-Sierra, A.L., Allen, K.R. Feminist Perspectives on Family Relationships: Part 2. Sex Roles 74, 477–479 (2016). https://doi.org/10.1007/s11199-016-0615-0

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  • Families
  • Family relationships
  • Feminist theory
  • Intersectionality
  • Power