Equality, Identity and Kinship in Lesbian Led Donor Conceived Families. Paper presented at British Sociological Association Annual Conference Glasgow Caledonian University 25/4/19 #britsoc2019

Quaid, Sheila (2019) Equality, Identity and Kinship in Lesbian Led Donor Conceived Families. Paper presented at British Sociological Association Annual Conference Glasgow Caledonian University 25/4/19 #britsoc2019. In: British Sociological Association Annual Conference Glasgow Caledonian University 25/4/19 #britsoc2019, 23- 26th April 2019, Glascow Caledonian University.

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Abstract

This research explored underlying complexities in creation of lesbian led families. The respondents embarked upon a new form of motherhood. Thus, a process of change, flux and fluidity began. I found that impactful changes are brought to collective understandings of family and kinship by new transgressive developments in family formation. Lesbian parental couples, for example potentially disrupt normative heterosexual meanings of family, parenting and gender. Respondents could potentially subvert the meaning of motherhood and gendered parental identities. The problems they faced were both cultural and structural. These processes were underpinned with the material realities of class differences. Also, differences of cultural capital and access to social and economic resources shape this experience and deep in the cultural definers of self lies constructions of race and ethnicity. Evidence from this study revealed a firm base of egalitarian ideals amongst respondents. Other definers of identity caused contradictions and tensions. These included culture, disability, ethnicity, class, gender and religious background. Intersections of identities in their negotiated families presented potential sources of tension for the respondents. Through detailed considerations, their decision making, they negotiated their own maternal and parental identities. My study revealed the complexity of intersectionality in their negotiated families. These issues presented sources of tension for the respondents. This research included detailed accounts of their internal and external struggles to resolve their own maternal and parental identities in relation to class and other definers of self.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Divisions: Faculty of Education and Society
Faculty of Education and Society > School of Social Sciences
Depositing User: Sheila Quaid
Date Deposited: 23 May 2019 08:30
Last Modified: 04 Sep 2020 14:16
URI: http://sure.sunderland.ac.uk/id/eprint/10798
ORCID for Sheila Quaid: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0001-5218-7135

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