"Stacey presents three ethnographic portraits--gays in L.A., polygamists in South Africa, and the matrilineal, nonmarital Mosuo people of southwestern China--to demonstrate that the Ozzie and Harriet family ideal is not normal, natural or universal... Extensively documented, the book consists of revisions of previous articles, now with interconnected arguments that are adequately woven together into a distinct and accessible work." - Library Journal "With clear-cut, modern prose, (Stacey) infuses her commentary and details her investigation from all sides of the aisle with well-researched facts and figures... Clever and practical blend of research, history and anecdote." - Kirkus Reviews In her new book, Unhitched, Judith Stacey, a sociologist at NYU, surveys a variety of unconventional arrangements, from gay parenthood to polygamy to - in a mesmerizing case study - the Mosuo people of southwest China, who eschew marriage and visit their lovers only under cover of night." The Atlantic
Judith Stacey is Professor of Social and Cultural Analysis and Sociology at NYU. She is the author of numerous books and articles, including In the Name of the Family: Rethinking Family Values in the Postmodern Age (1996), Brave New Families: Stories of Domestic Upheaval in Late Twentieth-Century America (1990) and Patriarchy and Socialist Revolution in China (1983). --This text refers to the Paperback edition.