Master of Arts (MA)
First Committee Member
Number of Pages
This thesis explores the identity construction and subject positions of gay male foster and adoptive parents. Using late twentieth and early twenty-first century cultural texts, I apply a Foucaultian perspective to analyze how controversies over gay adoptions articulate shifts in contemporary American discourses of homosexuality and the family. Identities available to homosexuals have shifted since the nineteenth century; this thesis looks at the emergence of a new contested identity for homosexuals as adoptive parents at the turn of the twenty-first century by employing Foucaultian methodological techniques of archaeology. This work contributes to the sociological literature on gender, law, and the postmodern family, and begins to move theoretical understandings beyond the current state of queer theory and poststructural discourse on identity.
Adoption; Emerging; Gay; Identities; Subjects
Social psychology; Law; Social sciences--Research
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
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Hartzell, Megan O, "Emerging identities: New subjects within gay adoption" (2003). UNLV Retrospective Theses & Dissertations. 1550.