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The construction of an open time dimension in narratives about the becoming of lesbian and gay families: An act of resistance
Linköping University, Department of Behavioural Sciences and Learning. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences. (CS)
2006 (English)In: Lesbian & Gay Psychological Review, ISSN ISSN 1467-2472, Vol. 7, no 1, 8-18 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article draws on a study of lesbian and gay (LG) families with children. Narratives about the long and often challenging road to become a family with children have been analysed. In speaking as a LG parent, hegemonic narratives about reproduction and parenthood as a matter for heterosexuals in a two-parent family structure are resisted. However, resistance is also displayed through the way time dimension is conveyed in the telling of stories. Instead of assuming a single temporality the narrative analysis is based on multiple concepts of time, so called bakhtinian -multiple chronotopes-. In the article the complex relation between counter narrative and master narrative is discussed in relation to the construction of temporality. It is proposed that the LG identity of parents does not per se suffice to produce resistance, since opposition can be counteracted by the construction of time. Four specific stories have been analysed.

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London: The British Psychological Society , 2006. Vol. 7, no 1, 8-18 p.
Keyword [en]
counter narrative; identity; lesbian and gay parenthood; temporality
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Social Work
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-54682OAI: diva2:307588
Available from: 2010-04-01 Created: 2010-04-01 Last updated: 2010-10-21

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