Palgrave Studies in Mediating Kinship, Representation, and Difference

Creative Families

Gender and Technologies of Everyday Life

Editors: Mikats, Jana, Kink-Hampersberger, Susanne, Oates-Indruchová, Libora (Eds.)

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  • Addresses changing and newly emergent family forms and ways of creating and maintaining intimate relationships
  • Contributes to current debates not only in media sociology and the sociology of gender, but also on constructions of family life
  • Multidisciplinary and wide-ranging case studies, covering issues of fertility, maternity and paternity, media representations of family, familial intimacy and digital practices, and children’s digital practices
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This edited collection brings together two strands of current discussions in gender research through the concept of creativity. First, it addresses creativity in the context of the family, by exploring changing and newly emergent family forms and ways of creating and maintaining intimate relationships. Creativity here is understood not as just “newness or originality,” but as that which, in the words of Eisler and Montouri (2007), “supports, nurtures, and actualizes life by increasing the number of choices open to individuals and communities.” One aim of this book, therefore, is to investigate the social, collaborative, and creative interactions in contemporary family and kin formations in Europe. Second, the volume examines how new media and technologies are entering and shaping everyday family lives. Technological transformations and adaptions have not only enabled the creation of new forms of families and ways of family living, but also challenged the established constellations of gender and family arrangements. The present volume addresses these issues from multiple perspectives and in different contexts, and explores the involvement of different actors. By problematizing the creativity of becoming and “doing” family and kinship, the authors acknowledge the increasing fluidity of gender identities, the evolving diversity of relationships, and the permeation of technology into daily life.

About the authors

Jana Mikats is Lecturer in the Department of Sociology at the University of Graz, Austria. She specializes in family sociology, gender studies, and qualitative research methods.  

Susanne Kink-Hampersberger is Lecturer in the Department of Education Research and Teacher Education at the University of Graz, Austria. Her research interests include sociology of gender, education and technology, and feminist and queer science and technology studies. 

Libora Oates-Indruchová is Professor of the Sociology of Gender at the University of Graz, Austria. She is the author of Censorship in Czech and Hungarian Academic Publishing, 1969-89: Snakes and Ladders (2020) and co-editor of The Politics of Gender Culture under State Socialism: An expropriated voice (2014). 

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Table of contents (9 chapters)

Table of contents (9 chapters)
  • Introduction: Creative Families: Gender and Technologies of Everyday Life

    Pages 1-16

    Mikats, Jana (et al.)

  • Creatively Becoming a Family in the Fertility Clinic? Matching Donors with Non-heterosexual and Single Recipients in Commercial Care

    Pages 19-41

    Homanen, Riikka

  • Confronting Monomaternalism in Italy: Non-heterosexual Mothers Accessing ARTs

    Pages 43-65

    Gusmano, Beatrice

  • Images of Parenthood, Family Life and Reproductive Strategies Among Gay Men in the Czech Republic

    Pages 67-93

    Sokolová, Věra

  • ‘What Family Actually Means’: Re-Articulations of ‘Family’ in and Around Netflix’s

    Pages 95-116

    Dannenberg, Nadine

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Creative Families
Book Subtitle
Gender and Technologies of Everyday Life
Editors
  • Jana Mikats
  • Susanne Kink-Hampersberger
  • Libora Oates-Indruchová
Series Title
Palgrave Studies in Mediating Kinship, Representation, and Difference
Copyright
2021
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-70803-0
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-70803-0
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-70802-3
Series ISSN
2752-7352
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
X, 220
Number of Illustrations
1 b/w illustrations, 1 illustrations in colour
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