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Family and Kinship in the United States

Cultural Perspectives on Familial Belonging

Edited By Karolina Golimowska, Reinhard Isensee and David Rose

The volume takes a close look at the forms and functions of family and kinship in cultural narratives in the United States. It analyzes social and cultural contexts of kinship and family membership, relations of family and nation on a metaphorical level, and the political discourses that regulate sexuality and reproduction. Representations of family and kinship inform all aspects of American life, which is prominently noticeable in politics, legislation, art, and the media. Family discourses are employed to communicate and negotiate constellations of power and they can serve to investigate differences, struggles, alliances, strategic endeavors, and innovative conceptualizations of kinship. The essays collected in this volume provide readings of texts across various genres that highlight the role of cultural production in reconfiguring paradigms of family and kinship in the US.
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Mother(hood) Monster? Lady Gaga, Family Discourse, and Alternative Modes of Kinship

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Nobody believed in me except for one person: my mom. And you know, your mom might not believe in you. Or maybe your parents don’t. But all you need is just one person. A friend. Or somebody else in your family. Or you can always look to me. Because I believe in all of you.

Lady Gaga addressing her fans during a concert of her 2012 “Born This Way Ball” world tour, Cologne, Germany, September 2012

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