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Gay Dads: Transitions to Adoptive Fatherhood [Paperback]

Abbie E. Goldberg

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July 23 2012 Qualitative Studies in Psychology
When gay couples become parents, they face a host of questions and issues that their straight counterparts may never have to consider. How important is it for each partner to have a biological tie to their child? How will they become parents: will they pursue surrogacy, or will they adopt? Will both partners legally be able to adopt their child? Will they have to hide their relationship to speed up the adoption process? Will one partner be the primary breadwinner? And how will their lives change, now that the presence of a child has made their relationship visible to the rest of the world? In Gay Dads: Transitions to Adoptive Fatherhood, Abbie Goldberg examines the ways in which gay fathers approach and negotiate parenthood when they adopt. Drawing on empirical data from her in-depth interviews with 70 gay men, Goldberg analyzes how gay dads interact with competing ideals of fatherhood and masculinity, alternately pioneering and accommodating heteronormative "parenthood culture". The first study of gay men's transitions to fatherhood, this work will appeal to a wide range of readers, from those in the social sciences to social work to legal studies, as well as to gay-adoptive parent families themselves.

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  • Paperback: 235 pages
  • Publisher: New York University Press (July 23 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0814732240
  • ISBN-13: 978-0814732243
  • Product Dimensions: 23 x 15 x 2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 386 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #574,411 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"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 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 "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, Professor Emeritus of Developmental and Clinical Psychology, Rutgers University

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Scientific View of Gay Men As Adoptive Fathers Dec 29 2012
By Almanzo - Published on Amazon.com
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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.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Must read if you want to adopt and are gay Oct. 14 2012
By William Hopkins - Published on Amazon.com
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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.
3.0 out of 5 stars A great book on adoption, but.... Nov. 28 2013
By J. Stein - Published on Amazon.com
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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.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great! Jan. 29 2013
By WCK - Published on Amazon.com
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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.
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great book by an amazing researcher and writer! Oct. 11 2012
By Kate Kuvalanka - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
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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