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New Choices, New Families
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A multiracial feminist analysis of how lesbians make choices about motherhood. This book should be required reading for anyone seriously interested in twenty-first century families. -- Maxine Baca Zinn, Michigan State University Through her masterful analysis of how and why lesbian women choose to become mothers or remain childfree, Nancy Mezey makes an essential contribution to understanding the profound and irreversible forces now transforming family life. Must reading for anyone who wishes to understand the changing contours of motherhood for all women. -- Kathleen Gerson, author of Hard Choices: How Women Decide About Work, Career, and Motherhood

Table of Contents

Preface
1. At the Crossroads
2. The Historical Rise of Lesbian Families
3. Recruiting Lesbian Participants and Collecting Data
4. Developing Mothering Desires
5. Understanding Motherhood
6. Negotiating Lesbian Support Networks
7. Weighing Intimate Partner Relationships
8. Considering the Benefits and Barriers of Work
9. New Choices, New Families
Appendixes
A. Recruitment Questionnaire
B. Interview Guide for Lesbian Mothers
C. Interview Guide for Childfree Lesbians
References
Index

About the Author

Nancy J. Mezey is an assistant professor of sociology at Monmouth University.

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"A multiracial feminist analysis of how lesbians make choices about motherhood. This book should be required reading for anyone seriously interested in twenty-first century families." - Maxine Baca Zinn, Michigan State University "Through her masterful analysis of how and why lesbian women choose to become mothers or remain childfree, Nancy Mezey makes an essential contribution to understanding the profound and irreversible forces now transforming family life. Must reading for anyone who wishes to understand the changing contours of motherhood for all women." - Kathleen Gerson, author of Hard Choices: How Women Decide About Work, Career, and Motherhood"

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