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Constructing lesbigay families: The social organization of domestic labor(s) in lesbian and gay families


1998 1998

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This dissertation investigates the organization and division of domestic labor(s) among and within lesbian and gay families. The research focuses upon the character and extent of feeding work, house work, kin work and consumption work within fifty-two lesbian and gay families (twenty-six male, twenty-six female). The study illuminates the influence of social class, occupation, gender, ethnicity/race and other factors upon the extent and character of housework. I limited participation to relationships of at least two years duration, in order to assess more established patterns. Methodologically, the study consists of in-depth interviews with 105 respondents and field observation of housework and other domestic practices in eight of the fifty-two families. To gather field data, I lived in residence with each of the eight families for one week each.

In addition to addressing the distinctions that exist in patterns of domestic labor among lesbigay families, the research examines the place of such labor in the creation and maintenance of lesbigay family life, suggesting the centrality of domestic labor to the social production of family. I conclude with a discussion of the differentiated ability of lesbigay families to invest time and resources in domestic labor, and argue that affluent lesbigay families achieve a stronger sense of themselves as family because of their capacity to invest time, money, and energy into domesticity, in constrast to their less affluent peers.

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Subject
Families & family life;
Personal relationships;
Sociology;
Womens studies
Classification
0628: Families & family life
0628: Personal relationships
0628: Sociology
0453: Womens studies
0626: Sociology
Identifier / keyword
Social sciences, homosexuality
Title
Constructing lesbigay families: The social organization of domestic labor(s) in lesbian and gay families
Author
Carrington, Christopher Michael
Number of pages
287
Publication year
1998
Degree date
1998
School code
0118
Source
DAI-A 59/02, Dissertation Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
ISBN
0591758458, 9780591758450
Advisor
Gerstel, Naomi
University/institution
University of Massachusetts Amherst
University location
United States -- Massachusetts
Degree
Ph.D.
Source type
Dissertations & Theses
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
9823724
ProQuest document ID
304437217
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
http://search.proquest.com/docview/304437217
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