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(2024-04-10) Megan R. Marshall; Dr. Amy Gottfried; Dr. Trevor Dodman; Dr. Corey Campion; Hood College Arts and Humanities; Humanities
The Appalachian region is one that is often looked at through the lens of negative stereotypes. It is one that is considered uneducated, low class, and generally lacking in diversity. While statistically, there is data to back up the origins of these stereotypes, it is important to be aware of the changes that have come over time within the region. There are writers of color within the region, many who publish within the body of work considered Affrilachian literature and focused group of Affrilachian poets. The majority of this thesis’s research and literature analysis focuses on the background of living a life within Appalachia, teaching within Appalachia, and beginning to study and implement the use of poetry in a classroom to help create identity and change in terms of identity and cognizance of the Affrilachian individual.
Emotions, love, and sexuality in committed relationships
(Edward Elgar Publishing, 2021-06-11) Lenz, Karl; Adler, Marina
Although emotions and sexuality are closely linked to marriage and other couple relationships, the sociology of family has historically been less concerned with these topics. In general, the study of emotions and of sexuality are two separate fields of research in European sociology. Therefore, this review will present their development separately. While the literature on committed relationships has privileged love, other emotions, such as jealousy and anger, have also been studied. We describe the debates over whether love is a universal or a culturally specific phenomenon, and show that the changes in sexuality within committed relationships began before the start of the so-called ‘sexual revolution’. Whereas diversity in sexuality used to be considered deviant, it has been largely normalised. In addition to reconstructing these cultural changes, this contribution shows how an era of liberated sexuality and established ethical sexual negotiation has shaped the sexual behaviour of couples.
Beyond standard families in advanced countries
(Taylor & Francis, 2023-05-03) Adler, Marina; Lenz, Karl
Same-sex relationships, marriage, and parenthood have been de-criminalized and are even legally sanctioned in many advanced countries. It has also to be recognized that the standard heteronormative family tends to remain privileged in the policies and laws of advanced countries. Consequently, the authors examine the current state of knowledge regarding the compositional, interpretative, and policy dimensions of family diversity in several advanced countries. The departure from the standard family and the diversification of family forms is observable to differing degrees in all advanced countries. A comparative lens to examine variations among countries is necessary in order to understand the extent to which non-standard families are supported in various welfare states. The authors also ask how doing family in non-standard families is justified and accounted for, both externally and internally, in the face of the dominant cultural prescriptions of the biologically based nuclear family, heteronormativity, and the gender binary.
The complexities of family diversity in the contemporary US
(Taylor & Francis, 2023-05-03) Adler, Marina
This chapter shows that the US is not only unique among advanced nations in terms of being an increasingly racially and ethnically diverse society, but American families are characterized by a comparatively high degree of instability, a high proportion of reconstituted families, and high degree of diversity, including sex gender minority (SGM) and multicultural families. Fewer American couples expect permanence of their different-sex or same-sex relationships, and living alone or remaining single, living with friends or apart together, being unmarried mothers by choice or MAR, and families of choice have replaced the standard heteronormative family model as lifestyle options. In the face of changing realities, definitions and rights of family members have to become more flexible – including issues related to the number of legal parents, multilocality of living arrangements, marital status and sexual orientation of couples, legal employee benefits, family identity, and legal obligations.
Diversification in family forms in nine OECD countries – challenges for policy and research
(Taylor & Francis, 2023-05-03) Adler, Marina; Lenz, Karl
The authors discuss how family diversity is promoted and curtailed in the laws and family policies of the different welfare states, with a particular interest in changes in gender regimes and policies that move beyond heteronormativity, biological reductionism, and ethnic homogeneity. The cultural hegemony of one standard family form, composed of a married couple living together in one household with their biological children, has been eroded by a diversification of family forms. As the country cases examined here demonstrate, different social processes have advanced the destandardization of this family form and the diversification of families. Family policy is progressing in all nine countries by moving away from the primary focus on supporting the standard family and increasingly recognizing the diversity of family forms. While the diversification of family forms has become an important topic in Japanese family research, policy-makers are only slowly beginning to recognize this as a basis for political action. A.