CONTENTS Acknowledgments Introduction 1 Rights, Freedom, and the Limits of Inclusion 2 Are We a Family? 3 Radical Democracy and Queer Identity 4 Social Problems and Family Ideology 5 Who Are "Our" Children? 6 Creating the Conditions for Freedom in Private Life Notes References Index
The flaw in the fight for gay and lesbian marriage
Valerie Lehr is Associate Professor of Government and Coordinator of Gender Studies at St. Lawrence University.
"Throughout, Lehr cogently argues that the 'traditional' concepts of marriage, family, gender roles and sexuality that conservatives are trying to defend are unstable and often detrimental to those involved. In response, she postulates a new 'radical democratic politics' that would 'not bring the state into people's lives, but use state power to enable citizens to have the resources that they need to make real choices.' ...While much of the book is an explication of political and social theory, Lehr's prescriptions for implementing her ideas are often concrete and practical." --Publishers Weekly