“We’re Just Family, You Know?” Exploring the Discourses of Family in Gay Parents’ Relational Talk
Journal of Family Communication
© 2019, © 2019 Taylor & Francis Group, LLC. To date, little is known about how gay male parents discursively create and sustain family identity and how they position themselves in relation to the dominant heteronormative discourses of the traditional family. Framed relational dialectics theory–this study explored the meaning(s) of family and fatherhood in married gay fathers’ relational talk. I interviewed 13 married gay parent dyads and conducted follow-up interviews to collect data across time as well as member check initial results. Using contrapuntal analysis, I identified the discourses of traditional family structure and nontraditional family structure at play. I argue that the couples’ talk reflected discursive struggles to generate relational meanings for their family identities.
Baker, Benjamin Michael Alex, "“We’re Just Family, You Know?” Exploring the Discourses of Family in Gay Parents’ Relational Talk" (2019). Faculty Bibliography. 2758.