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Type: Journal article
Title: Learning difference: Representations of diversity in storybooks for children of gay and lesbian parents
Author: Riggs, D.
Augoustinos, M.
Citation: Journal of GLBT Family Studies, 2007; 3(2-3):133-156
Publisher: Haworth Press, Inc.
Issue Date: 2007
ISSN: 1550-428X
1550-4298
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Damien W. Riggs, Martha Augoustinos
Abstract: This paper explores some of the relationships between the ways in which (White) dominant group children learn about racial differences and the ways in which difference is represented within gay and lesbian families. Research in the latter area has typically provided two dominant (though contrasting) accounts of difference within gay or lesbian families: (1) that children of gay or lesbian parents will have a better understanding of difference; and (2) that there are no significant differences between heterosexual and gay or lesbian families. In order to explore the implications of this current research in regards to constructions of difference within predominantly White gay and lesbian families, an analysis of storybooks aimed at children with gay or lesbian parents was conducted. The findings suggest that representations of difference within such books often reinforce a White heterosexual norm for parenting. To counter this, it is proposed that a shift is required in research focusing on gay and lesbian families, the intent being both to examine the simultaneous ways in which race privilege and sexuality-based discrimination shape the lives of White lesbian or gay parents and to broaden the scope of research in this area to more adequately reflect the diverse communities it seeks to represent.
RMID: 0020075470
DOI: 10.1300/J461v03n02_06
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