Monday, November 26, 2012

[Czech Republic] - Gay Fatherhood: Concepts and Performance in Professional Fatherhood Research (Gay otcovství: představy a výkon otcovství v odborných výzkumech)

For those who enjoy an good academic paper and who also speak Czech, well then you may want to look at this paper from Radka Musilova called "Gay otcovství: představy a výkon otcovství v odborných výzkumech".  It is available here in Czech but there is an English Language abstract (below).  

I honestly don't know much about this paper, except that there are very few academic studies done in respect of gay men and parenting.  If anyone can shed some light on it's contents, it would be much appreciated.

Diploma thesis summarizes the findings of selected studies published from 2005 to 2011 in the phenomenon of same-sex families, with an emphasis on gay homoparentality and topics associated with it. The article focuses on performance of parenting and narrative of gay fathers, not impact on the child. To better understand the different situations cohorts of gay fathers are given in brief the history of the movement for gay and lesbian rights, and thus the gradual transformation of the self-conception of gays. Also included is an overview of all aspects of accountability which are gays exposed within the heteronormative and homonormative discourse and who are trying to meet them despite their contradiction. Summarized and mapped is the whole process of fatherhood from thinking about parenting, efforts to gain child, to prepare for parenthood and its own performance and reflection of the gender socialization of offspring. The work focuses mainly on gender aspects of described gay parenting.

Outlined are the problematic aspects of gay parenting performance associated with their negative stereotyping. Reflected is also the research methodology of phenomenon of homoparentality and its greatest weaknesses. The component of work is comparison the research focusing on gays and lesbians homoparentality, both in terms of number of published studies and for the viewpoint of dedication of the space within analyzed surveillance studies and the possibility of different implicit or explicit preference for one type of homoparentality over another.

[Source: Original Paper]

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