Maternal men – perverts and deviants? Making sense of gay men as foster carers and adopters
Hicks, S 2006, 'Maternal men – perverts and deviants? Making sense of gay men as foster carers and adopters' , Journal of GLBT Family Studies, 2 (1) , pp. 93-114.
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This article examines discourses of gender and sexuality that feature in the social work assessment of gay men who apply to foster or adopt in the United Kingdom (UK). Using data from interviews with social workers and managers, the author argues that three versions of the category gay were dominant. In the first of these, gay men were imagined to be maternal and/or feminine. In the second, they were seen as a source of perversion and sexual risk, and in the third, they were assumed to present problematic models of gender. The author critiques these ideas, and argues instead for social welfare practices that reconsider and expand our notions of gender, sexuality, parenting, and kinship.
|Uncontrolled Keywords:||Gay men, homosexuality, foster care, adoption, parenting, social work assessment|
|Themes:||Subjects / Themes > H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)|
Subjects / Themes > H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman > HQ503 The family. Marriage. Home
Subjects / Themes > H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Subjects outside of the University Themes
|Schools:||Colleges and Schools > College of Health & Social Care|
Colleges and Schools > College of Health & Social Care > School of Nursing, Midwifery & Social Work > Centre for Social Justice Research
|Journal or Publication Title:||Journal of GLBT Family Studies|
|Depositing User:||Dr Stephen Hicks|
|Date Deposited:||02 Oct 2009 15:12|
|Last Modified:||16 Mar 2012 16:06|
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