“The Futures We Want” From A Family Studies Perspective

The Committee on Family Research (RC06) – one of the largest and oldest ISA committees ­– brings together scholars who wish to pursue family research in a critical and interdisciplinary perspective and within comparative and transnational approaches. We seek to understand the complex intersections of family life, social contexts and individual experience, including how family life interfaces with social class, gender, race, ethnicity, and generation. As such, RC06 is well placed to respond creatively to the ISA Forum Call for better futures.

We invited our RC06 young and/or early-career scholars to address the theme of the ISA Forum: “The Futures We Want: Global Sociology and the Struggles for a Better World”. In a brief text (up to 200 words), they were asked to consider it while focusing on their own research. Here are four thought-provoking contributions from Australia, Portugal, Japan, and Taiwan.

– Secretary and treasurer Barbara Barbosa Neves, on behalf of the RC06 board.

Luke Gahan, the picture is a link to his websiteLuke Gahan:Separating Same-Sex Parents

Just like other parents, same-sex parents separate and are required to navigate family law courts, post-separation parenting, family counselling, single parenting and/or the creation of blended or reconstituted families.

However, the law has not always recognized same-sex relationships or their families and as a consequence non-biological parents have lost all contact with their children. Similarly, separating same-sex parents have often felt alienated by what they perceive as heteronormative service providers, such as lawyers, counsellors, therapist, and government service providers. Continue reading