Queer Families Performing Kinship

  • Rita Béres-Deák
Part of the Palgrave Macmillan Studies in Family and Intimate Life book series (PSFL)


In this chapter, I will look at how the same-sex couple functions and is treated within the wider kinship network. First, I will look at some kinship obligations that same-sex couples may fail, leading to their potential exclusion from the family. Then I will problematize inclusion and exclusion, citing examples where the same practice may be interpreted as either, depending on perspective and expectations. We will then meet some families who have completely integrated the same-sex couple, and some others who, while have not broken off contact, signal their exclusionary attitude through their performative language and/or practices. Finally, I will look at how kinship obligations may cause conflict within the family and the couple, also illustrating that not everybody is happy to be included in their partner’s family.


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