Man not included? A critical psychology analysis of lesbian families and male influences in child rearing

Clarke, V. (2008) Man not included? A critical psychology analysis of lesbian families and male influences in child rearing. Journal of GLBT Family Studies, 3 (4). pp. 309-349. ISSN 1550-428X

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Publisher's URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1300/J461v03n04_01

Abstract

This paper explores debates about male presence and influence in lesbian families from a critical psychology standpoint. Critical psychology encompasses a variety of radical approaches to psychological research that reject traditional psychological assumptions, concepts and methods and that seek to challenge and resist normative values. To explore aspects of the discursive terrain of male influence and to demonstrate the merits of a critical psychology of lesbian families, excerpts from an interview with a lesbian couple who are members of a planned ‘two mummies and a daddy’ lesbian/gay family are analysed. These excerpts show that debates about male influence create ‘live’ dilemmas and tensions for the lesbian couple and have important consequences for how lesbian parents negotiate and do family.

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Additional Information:This is an electronic version of an article published in "Clarke, Victoria (2008) Man not included? A critical psychology analysis of lesbian families and male influences in child rearing. Journal of GLBT Family Studies, 3 (4). pp. 309-349". Journal of GLBT Family Studies is available online at: http://www.informaworld.com/smpp/content~db=all~content=a903355340~frm=abslink.
Uncontrolled Keywords:lesbian parenting, male role models
Faculty/Department:Faculty of Health and Applied Sciences > Department of Health and Social Sciences
ID Code:11714
Deposited By: Dr V. Clarke
Deposited On:23 Nov 2010 09:14
Last Modified:19 Oct 2013 22:29

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