Mothering Queerly, Queering Motherhood: Resisting Monomaternalism in Adoptive, Lesbian, Blended, and Polygamous Families.
Park, Shelley M.
University of Central Florida.
xi, 306 p.
State University of New York Press (SUNY Press)
PO Box 960
Herndon, VA 20172-0960
This book advocates a new understanding of postmodern families as potentially queer coalitional assemblages held together by a mixture of affection and critical reflection premised on difference. Chapter 1 explores becoming a mother and the distinction between "good" and "bad" mothers, as well as "good" and "bad" queers. Exploring some of the highly publicized cases of maternal infanticide and homicide at the turn of the century, the text sketches the phenomenon of maternal profiling that targets women as the primary source of child endangerment and argues that the distinction between "mad" and "bad" mothers is a racialized, class-coded, and heteronormative distinction. Chapter 2 takes a closer look at the adoptive maternal body as a potentially queer body from which society might gain a queer perspective on mothering more generally. Chapter 3 uses a queer postcolonial framework to examine transracial and transnational adoption and suggests that neoliberal accounts of colorblindness may give rise to racial melancholia for the transracially adopted child. Chapter 4 examines the child?s perspective on adoption and argues for an ontology of motherhood that will encourage a child?s attempts to respond to an often complex configuration of familial relationships. The following chapter investigates the ways in which home becomes enmeshed in queer geographies of space and time for those who live outside of domestinormativity. Chapters 6 and 7 examine notions of home and family and develop an account of love as a practice of solidarity that holds homes and families together and explore how coalitional mothering emerges as an ideal and practice in polygamous families. Numerous references. (Author abstract modified)
Mothers; Gay and lesbian adoption; Homosexual parents; Lesbians; Transracial adoption; parent child relationships