Unhitched: Love, Marriage, and Family Values from West Hollywood to Western China

Unhitched: Love, Marriage, and Family Values from West Hollywood to Western China

Judith Stacey, 2012 winner of the Simon and Gagnon Lifetime Achievement Award presented by the American Sociological Association.

A leading expert on the family, Judith Stacey is known for her provocative research on mainstream issues. Finding herself impatient with increasingly calcified positions taken in the interminable wars over same-sex marriage, divorce, fatherlessness, marital fidelity, and the like, she struck out to profile unfamiliar cultures of contemporary love, marriage, and family values from around the world.

Built on bracing original research that spans gay men’s intimacies and parenting in this country to plural and non-marital forms of family in South Africa and China, Unhitched decouples the taken for granted relationships between love, marriage, and parenthood. Countering the one-size-fits-all vision of family values, Stacey offers readers a lively, in-person introduction to these less familiar varieties of intimacy and family and to the social, political, and economic conditions that buttress and batter them.

Through compelling stories of real families navigating inescapable personal and political trade-offs between desire and domesticity, the book undermines popular convictions about family, gender, and sexuality held on the left, right, and center. Taking on prejudices of both conservatives and feminists, Unhitched poses a powerful empirical challenge to the belief that the nuclear family—whether straight or gay—is the single, best way to meet our needs for intimacy and care. Stacey calls on citizens and policy-makers to make their peace with the fact that family diversity is here to stay.

Title:Unhitched: Love, Marriage, and Family Values from West Hollywood to Western China
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780814783825
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    Unhitched: Love, Marriage, and Family Values from West Hollywood to Western China Reviews

  • Elaine

    This should be mandatory reading for all humans. The older I get the more I believe that the government has absolutely no business telling people who can or can't get married and that no one should be...

  • Margaret Heller

    Great read. Describes several case studies of different groups--gay dads in Hollywood, polygamous families in South Africa, and matriarchal families without marriage or a real concept of fatherhood in...

  • Emily

    I was so into this book, weaving tales of what family, love, intimacy, and sex can look like across cultures and around the world. What I wished for was more. Not that stories of gay men in LA, poly f...

  • Phiremangston

    It's been a couple years since I read this through, but it's definitely a favorite. It's a very interesting history of relationship structures throughout history and the world, and highlights that "no...

  • Megan Rosol

    An interesting case against the traditional marriage and for legal protection of other consensual agreements. It includes a chapter on the fascinating Mosuo ethnic minority of South-West China and the...

  • M

    This book is definitely worth reading if you question whether marriage is really necessary. I believe that different family structures are valid and acceptable. If children are involved, their well-be...

  • Joshunda Sanders

    Good but not great. There's some interesting sociological data here, but very little serious discussion of single parenthood (hence, "unhitched") or even as broad a range of locations as the title sug...

  • Selkirk

    Call no. HQ 75.27 S73 2011...

  • Lauren orso

    too much college case study, not enough reality tv....

  • Mills College Library

    306.8109 S7756 2011...