Project Details


This is a unique longitudinal qualitative study which will revisit a sample of lesbian couples (N = 20), first interviewed in 1999/2000, who had their first and subsequent children in the context of their relationship. Sociologically little is known about how such family relationships and connections work out over time; children’s voices are particularly unrepresented. The original sample of lesbian parents plus their children will be invited to take part in separate or joint interviews (depending on participant preference). Interviews will explore their understandings and experiences of family and kin relationships within their own household and within the wider societal context of their lives - and how these have evolved over time. Lesbian parent families challenge dominant norms and mores of family life, in particular the heterosexual and biological imperatives of reproduction and family life; as such findings will critically engage with and further sociological theoretical debates on kinship and family relationships in the context of an increasing diversity of family forms.
Effective start/end date1/11/1731/10/19


  • H Social Sciences (General)
  • Family lives
  • Lesbian parents
  • Young people


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