Families in Focus

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Like Family

Narratives of Fictive Kinship

Rutgers University Press

For decades, social scientists have assumed that “fictive kinship” is a phenomenon associated only with marginal peoples and people of color in the United States.  In this innovative book, Nelson reveals the frequency, texture and dynamics of relationships which are felt to be “like family” among the White, middle-class.

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The End of International Adoption?

An Unraveling Reproductive Market and the Politics of Healthy Babies

Rutgers University Press

Estye Fenton studies parents in the United States who adopted internationally in the past decade. She investigates the experiences of a cohort of adoptive mothers who were forced to negotiate their desire to be parents in the context of a growing societal awareness of international adoption as a flawed reproductive marketplace.

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Queer Kinship and Family Change in Taiwan

Rutgers University Press

In Queer Kinship and Family Change in Taiwan, Amy Brainer provides an in-depth look at queer and transgender family relationships in Taiwan. Brainer is among the first to analyze first-person accounts of heterosexual parents and siblings of LGBT people in a non-Western context.  

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Saving Face

The Emotional Costs of the Asian Immigrant Family Myth

Rutgers University Press

The Asian immigrant family myth celebrates Asian families for upholding the traditional heteronormative ideal of the “normal (white) American family” yet also demonizes them for reinforcing oppressive and backwards cultural values. Saving Face cuts through these myths, offering a more nuanced portrait of Asian immigrant families in a changing world. Angie Y. Chung examines how the grown children of Korean and Chinese immigrants emotionally negotiate the complex and conflicted feelings they have toward their family responsibilities and upbringing through new modes of love, communication, and caregiving.

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Labor of Love

Gestational Surrogacy and the Work of Making Babies

Rutgers University Press

Drawn from extensive interviews with paid gestational surrogates, women employed to carry children who are not genetically their own, Labor of Love reveals the challenges they face as they deal with complicated medical procedures, delicate work-family balances, and tricky social dynamics. The book demonstrates the extent to which advances in reproductive technology are affecting all Americans, changing how we think about maternity, family, and the labor involved in giving birth.   

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Raising the Race

Black Career Women Redefine Marriage, Motherhood, and Community

Rutgers University Press

Raising the Race is the first study to examine how black, married career women juggle their relationships with their extended and nuclear families, the expectations of the black community, and their desires to raise healthy, independent children. Including extensive interviews from women whose voices have been underrepresented in debates about work-family balance, Riché J. Daniel Barnes draws upon their diverse perspectives to propose policy initiatives that would improve the work and family lives of all Americans.

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