Travelling in your backyard

The unfamiliar places of parenting

Karina Luzia*

*Corresponding author for this work

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    Abstract

    Current theoretical understandings of family-as-activity, as suggested by the terms 'doing family' or 'families we choose', locate family practices such as parenting, within the realm of the spatial. Feminist geography particularly has been instrumental in conceptualisations of parenting as a spatial project that involves constant renegotiation of the 'everyday' spaces of home, work and play. However, what are less evident in the literature are the specificities of the actual places and spaces of parenting: where parents go in the course of their parenting or how they actually use particular spaces. Furthermore, most scholarly work on parenting has been based on the theoretical and material experience of heterosexual parents, with the experiences of non-heterosexual parented families under-documented. Using data from a recent study with lesbian parents, this paper seeks to address some of these conceptual and empirical gaps, suggesting that an exploration of the everyday spatialities of same-sex parenting contributes, not only to expanding current geographic understandings of family and parenting, but also understanding of the material places where these identities-familial, parental, sexual-intersect.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)359-375
    Number of pages17
    JournalSocial and Cultural Geography
    Volume11
    Issue number4
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Jun 2010

    Keywords

    • Family
    • Home
    • Identity
    • Parenting
    • Sexuality

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