Creating an ethical politics of kinship care through coalitions

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Marla N. Sutherland (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Danielle Bouchard

Abstract: The purpose of this research is to critique existing kinship ideologies embedded in case law regarding marriage rights in the United States. The research centers on the gay marriage rights movement and critically analyzes how U.S. v. Windsor has been taken up legally, politically, in the media, and by organizations. By examining exclusionary practices stemming from the marriage equality movement I navigate the motives of an ethical politics of kinship care. The thesis focuses on the differentiation between mainstream agendas such as the ones employed by Human Rights Campaign (HRC) with the comprehensive approach to legal reform suggested by queer advocacy organizations. By building coalitions and employing queer politics, an ethical politics of kinship care can be envisioned in order to create transformational change. My interest lies with how the (re)distribution of resources come to exist through legal/political operations; in particular, my thesis examines how the well-being of vulnerable populations and people deemed disposable by society can all be protected within a future vision of an ethical politics of kinship care.

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Language: English
Date: 2014
Coalition, Kinship care, Marriage, Queer, Windsor
Kinship (Law) $z United States
Same-sex marriage $x Social aspects $z United States

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