Family in Crisis?

Crossing Borders, Crossing Narratives

Is the family in crisis? Or do crises crystallize in families' lived realities? Families as constitutive units of all social architectures are central to our democracies. In this book, scholars from cultural, gender, and media studies, lawyers, sociologists, and historians discuss how today's rainbow variety of families crosses borders and how cultural texts – films, TV-series, novels, short stories and magazines, from Europe (Germany, Italy, Spain) and the US – (de-)construct, take part in, and mirror family discourses around topics such as father(hood)s, mother(hood)s and parentage, reproductive decisions and adoption, marriage and divorce, poverty and welfare, and the rhetoric of the nuclear family.

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30 July 2020, 216 pages
ISBN: 978-3-8376-5061-7

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Eva-Sabine Zehelein

Eva-Sabine Zehelein, Goethe Universität Frankfurt, Deutschland

Andrea Carosso

Andrea Carosso, Università di Torino, Italien

Aida Rosende-Pérez

Aida Rosende-Pérez, Universitat de les Illes Balears, Spanien

1. Why did You chose this topic?

Families are an ideal prism through which central contemporary national as well as transnational, international, and global, phenomena, interconnections and crises can be highlighted and debated. To study how today's families cross borders, and how cultural texts (de)construct, take part in, and mirror family discourses is an ideal lens to analyze a broad variety of social and cultural transformation at this historical juncture.

2. What new perspectives does your book offer?

The comparative and interdisciplinary contributions by German, Italian, Spanish and American scholars with an exceptionally broad range of backgrounds - English and American Studies, sociology and anthropology, law, media and gender studies, as well as history - highlight how restrictive the nuclear family model is, and yet, as we show, it underlies all discourses and debates and often also practices of ›doing family.‹

3. What makes your topic relevant for current research debates?

Families are complex units as well as concepts, and they are fundamental core elements of social existence and action. From sociological research to readings of current cultural texts, this volume tries to make sense of the shift in social and cultural practices and perceptions of families, at a time when families are so varied - mono- or pluripaternal, with, e.g., hetero-, homosexual, or transgender adults/parents - yet barely acknowledged and not treated equal.

4. Choose one person you would like to discuss your book with!

Anyone interested in the ethics and politics of the family as a critical and crucial concept, institution, and everyday practice, both historically and in the contemporary moment.

5. Your book summary in one sentence:

An interdisciplinary, comparative study of shifting notions as well as practices of family in times of conservative backlash over reproductive rights.

Book title
Family in Crisis? Crossing Borders, Crossing Narratives
transcript Verlag
kart., Dispersionsbindung, 3 SW-Abbildungen
Commodity Group
SOC022000 SOC032000 LIT004020
Release date
30 July 2020
Familie, Recht, Migration
American Studies, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Cultural Studies, Literary Studies, Sociology, Anthropology, Media Studies, Political Science, Law
Family, Popular Culture, Reproduction, Parenthood, US, Europe, Migration, Law, Cultural Studies, Gender Studies, American Studies, Sociology of Family

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