The Family Flamboyant: Race Politics, Queer Families, Jewish Lives

The Family Flamboyant: Race Politics, Queer Families, Jewish Lives

SUNY Press
October 2006
244 pages
Hardback ISBN10: 0-7914-6893-3; ISBN13: 978-0-7914-6893-7
Paperback ISBN10: 0-7914-6894-1; ISBN13: 978-0-7914-6894-4
eBook ISBN10: 0-7914-8106-9; ISBN13: 978-0-7914-8106-6

Marla Brettschneider, Professor of Political Philosophy, Feminist Theory, Political Science & Women’s Studies
University of New Hampshire

Winner of a Bronze Medal in the Gay/Lesbian Category of the 2007 Independent Publisher Book Awards

Interrogates the normative heterosexual family from feminist, Jewish, and queer perspectives.

The Family Flamboyant is a graceful and lucid account of the many routes to family formation. Weaving together personal experience and political analysis in an examination of how race, gender, sexuality, class, and other hierarchies function in family politics, Marla Brettschneider draws on her own experience in a Jewish, multiracial, adoptive, queer family in order to theorize about the layered realities that characterize families in the United States today. Brettschneider uses critical race politics, feminist insight, class-based analysis, and queer theory to offer a distinct and distinctly Jewish contribution to both the family debates and the larger project of justice politics.

Table of Contents

  • Acknowledgments
  • Introduction: K-I-S-S-I-N-G
  • 1. Whitens Whites, Keeps Colors Bright: Jewish Families Queering the Race Project
  • 2. Jew Dykes Adopting Children: A Guide to the Perplexed
  • 3. Going Natural: The Family Has No Clothes
  • 4. Questing for Heart in a Heartless World: Jewish Feminist Ruminations on Monogamy and Marriage
  • Epilogue: Justice and La Vida Jew . . . in Technicolor Queer
  • Notes
  • Bibliography
  • Index
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