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  • Paperback: 235 pages
  • Publisher: New York Univ Pr (July 23 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0814732240
  • ISBN-13: 978-0814732243
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.5 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 386 g
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #946,067 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"The transition to parenthood is filled with hopes, desires, unexpected twists and turns, and a myriad of emotions. Although typically a joyful experience, it can also be stressful, challenging parents in ways they did not anticipate. This is especially true for families headed by individuals or couples who do not conform to heteronormative models of parenting. In her new book, Abbie Goldberg, a leading developmental scholar on parenting by sexual minority adults, provides an informative, authoritative, and supportive account of the experiences of gay men becoming fathers. Through in depth interviews, qualitative analyses, and useful case examples, Dr. Goldberg captures, in a rich and compelling manner, the way in which these men (re)define gender, parenting, and family life for themselves and others. This timely and important book will have significant impact across diverse areas of scholarship and will provide policymakers with thought provoking ideas about the meaning of parenthood and family."-David Brodzinsky, Ph.D.,Professor Emeritus of Developmental and Clinical Psychology, Rutgers University "Gay Dads is a lucid, insightful study of the transition to parenthood among the first generation of gay male couples able to choose to adopt children and form nuclear families rather than to create queer 'families of choice.' Prominent family scholar Abby Goldberg sensitively explores what happens to family practice, politics and theory now that these former family outlaws have begun to acquire in-laws."-Judith Stacey,author of Unhitched: Love, Marriage and Family Values from West Hollywood to Western China "Abbie Goldberg's book is yet another example of her rigorous and insightful research on LGB families. Writing a book that is both accessible and theoretically informed, Goldberg describes the complexity of gay men's fathering as experienced through everyday decision making and social organization. Further, she argues against easy categorization of gay fathers as resisters or accommodators, and instead explains their decisions and experiences by showing how even the most prosaic moments (like people's reactions to two fathers passing their child back and forth in a restaurant) oblige gay fathers to negotiate ideologies and opportunity structures in complicated ways. I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and I highly recommend it to family researchers and graduate students, as well as adoption workers and clinicians. Gay men and lesbians considering parenthood would find it helpful, as would heterosexual men and women seeking to resist heteronormativity in their own lives. Really, anyone who wants to learn more about families should read this book."-Ramona Faith Oswald,Professor, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign "Gay Dads is an original, engaging, and informative qualitative study of gaymale couple adoptions."-Routledge "Overall, Goldberg has written an engaging and accessible book that provides a benchmark for future studies of gay male adoption. The book makes a new and important contribution to scholarship on contemporary family diversity and to gay families and relationships in particular."-Brian Heaphy,American Journal of Sociology "The descriptive aspects of this book alone are fascinating and serve to illustrate the complex and unique relationships among race, gender, sexuality, adoptive status, and identity. The book's specific focus on gay male adoption is a welcome addition to the adoption literature...Gay Dads is an insightful, textured, highly readable, and original book. This book will no doubt be influential for both adoption and gay studies."-Adoption Quarterly "Goldberg provides a careful analysis of the results of a qualitative study of 35 gay male couples who have chosen to become parents through adoption."-Goldberg Review "In sum, Gay Dads is an important contribution to the literature on same-sex parenting. It is a study that offers a specific window into the transition to parenthood for gay men via adoption and paints a picture of the variety of decisions, challenges, and joys men face as they create families together. More broadly, it is a well-conducted study that challenges readers to expand their understanding of family and the roles that individuals fill within the family system."-PsycCRITIQUES "This highly readable text marks an important early step in the development of an understanding of psychology of adoptive fatherhood for gay men, and one that is accessible to a variety of interested readers. Beyond that, it serves as a thought-provoking platform for considering the ever-changing picture of family life. Goldberg challenges her readers to question how we choose to support and honor parents, both in our laws and on our sidewalks, and how we may work toward a different choice in the future."-Journal of GLBT Family Studies

About the Author

Abbie E. Goldberg is Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology at Clark University (Worcester, MA), and senior research fellow at the Evan B. Donaldson Adoption Institute (Newton, MA). She is the author of Lesbian and Gay Parents and their Children: Research on the Family Life Cycle and co-editor of LGBT-Parent Families: Innovations in Research and Implications for Practice.

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HASH(0xa4695f6c) out of 5 stars Must read if you want to adopt and are gay Oct. 14 2012
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This book fills a big void for those gay couples who are thinking about adoption. While other books are more about the "how to" adopt this book describes what you will think about before and after the adoption process. This book compiles the things my partner and I wanted to know about success and gay adoption but couldn't find in any one source. Abbie and her team have done a great job of going to the right source for all the things to ponder and all the things you wish you knew who to ask. Great job advocating on behalf of those who benefit the most, a child who needs a loving family. Read this and you will take some of the fear out of forming or endorsing a same sex parent adoption. If you have already adopted you will find a lot of familiarity and validation with what you read.
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HASH(0x9bcff15c) out of 5 stars A Scientific View of Gay Men As Adoptive Fathers Dec 29 2012
By Almanzo - Published on
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This book conveys the stories of Gay Men becoming adoptive fathers. It covers a great deal of statistics about different kinds of individuals as well as dyads that become fathers via adoption. If you can get pass the numbers, the book offers great insight into the lives of these Gay Men, the reasons why they want to be fathers, what brought them to decide on adoption as opposed to surrogacy, as well as the types of adoption they consider. I wish the author would have spend more time on Gay Men who adopt older children since a lot of the book is about those who adopt infants or babies. However, I would recommend this book to any Gay man considering adopting a child.
HASH(0x9bcaec60) out of 5 stars Another great book by an amazing researcher and writer! Oct. 11 2012
By Kate Kuvalanka - Published on
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In this very read-able and insightful book, Dr. Abbie Goldberg shares with us the stories of 70 gay men and their experiences of becoming fathers. Great for anyone interested in learning more about this under-studied group and families in general. Instructors of graduate student courses in sexuality, gender, and/or family issues should definitely consider assigning this book!
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I found this book to be very informative. Very useful illustrations of the adoptive process and a plethora of data. Highly recommended for any gay men considering or involved in adoption.
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HASH(0x9bd39018) out of 5 stars A great book on adoption, but.... Nov. 28 2013
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This is another book I had to return. It had a lot of information on gay adoption, but hardly anything on surrogacy. It did mention surrogacy quite a few times, but only in passing and in a negative light.