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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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    Abstract

    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.

    Item Type: Article
    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 & Social Sciences > Centre for Social Justice Research
    Journal or Publication Title: Journal of GLBT Family Studies
    Publisher: Haworth Press
    Refereed: Yes
    ISSN: 1550-428X
    Depositing User: Dr Stephen Hicks
    Date Deposited: 02 Oct 2009 15:12
    Last Modified: 20 Aug 2013 16:59
    URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/2314

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