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Queering Kinship

Non-heterosexual Couples, Parents and Families in Guangdong, China

By Han Tao

Published

May 30, 2024

Page count

224 pages

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Gender, Sexuality and Global Politics

ISBN

978-1529233278

Dimensions

234 x 156 mm

Imprint

Bristol University Press

Published

May 30, 2024

Page count

224 pages

Browse the series

Gender, Sexuality and Global Politics

ISBN

978-1529233285

Dimensions

234 x 156 mm

Imprint

Bristol University Press
Queering Kinship

Based on ethnographic fieldwork in Guangdong, China, this book asks: what does it mean for Chinese non-heterosexual people to go against existing state regulations and societal norms to form a desirable and legible queer family?

Chapters explore the various tactics queer people employ to have children and to form queer or ‘rainbow’ families. The book unpacks people’s experiences of cultivating, or losing, kinship relations through their negotiation with biological relatives, cultural conventions and state legislations. Through its analysis, the book offers a new ethnographic perspective for queer studies and anthropology of kinship.

Han Tao is a Post-Doctoral Researcher at the IT University of Copenhagen, Denmark.

Introduction: Have ‘Families of Choice’ Arrived in China?

1. Queering Research: Ethnography, Positionality, and Ordinary ‘Queer’

2. Queering Intimacy: ‘Just As Married’ Same-Sex Relationships

3. Queering Reproduction: Changing Moral Dilemmas for Chinese Non-Heterosexual People –

4. Queering Technology: Becoming Queer Parents Through Assisted Reproductive Technologies

5. Queering Parenting: Raising ‘Our Children’

6. Queering Family: Modern Rainbow Families, the Chinese Version

7. Conclusion: Queering Chinese Kinship and Futures?