Tracy Morison, Ingrid Lynch, Vasu Reddy
October 1, 2019 Forthcoming
Reference - 210 Pages
ISBN 9780367188023 - CAT# K416944
Series: Routledge/UNISA Press Series
What makes kinship queer? This collection from leading and emerging thinkers in gender and sexualities interrogates the politics of belonging, shining a light on the outcasts, rebels, and pioneers. Queer Kinship brings together an array of thought-provoking perspectives on what it means to love and be loved, to ‘do family’ and to belong in the South African context.
The collection includes a number of different topic areas, disciplinary approaches, and theoretical lenses on familial relations, reproduction, and citizenship. The text amplifies the voices of those who are bending, breaking, and remaking the rules of being and belonging. Photo-essays and artworks offer moving glimpses into the new life worlds being created in and among the ‘normal’ and the mundane.
Taken as a whole, this text offers a critical and intersectional perspective that addresses some important gaps in the scholarship on kinship and families. Queer Kinship makes an innovative contribution to international studies in kinship, gender, and sexualities. It will be a valuable resource to scholars, students, and activists working in these areas.
PART I: The politics of belonging – questioning queer kinship and belonging
1. Chosen family: A photographic essay
Germaine de Larch
2. Focus on ‘the family’? How South African family policy fails queer families
Catriona Ida Macleod, Tracy Morison and Ingrid Lynch
3. Revisiting ‘familyhood’ and queer belonging: Exploring queer collectivities created through culture and leisure practices
4. Spectres to come: Reproductive futurism, queer Africa, die-ins and drag
5. Esibathandayo | Kin we love: An essay
PART II: Domestic and parenthood desires – the voices of queer youth
6. The domestic desires of queer youth: Narratives of domesticity and dissent among queer students at three South African Universities
Gabriel Hoosain Khan
7. Surviving heterosexism: Queer youth’s parenthood intentions
Azwihangwisi Helen Mavhandu-Mudzusi
PART III: Lesbian women’s marriage and family-making
8. ‘Mna ndiyayazi uba ndizotshata intombazana’ | I...., for one, know that I will marry a woman’: (Re)creating ‘family’ and reflections on rural lesbian women’s experiences of child rearing and kinship
9. Just a piece of paper: Marriage and family formation for lesbian women in South Africa
10. Integration and emergence: Black lesbians re/negotiating marriage and lobola
PART IV: Queer men’s production and performance of family
11. The production and performance of ‘queer’ family by African men who engage in same-sex relations
12. ‘Living two lives’ and ‘blending in’: Reproductive citizenship and belonging in the parenthood narratives of gay men
Tracy Morison and Ingrid Lynch
13. Interracial gay partnerships in post-apartheid South Africa: The ‘journey’ of a heterosexual researcher
14. Queer Kinship in South Africa: Where to next?
Vasu Reddy, Ingrid Lynch & Tracy Morison