The Family Flamboyant

Race Politics, Queer Families, Jewish Lives

By Marla Brettschneider

Subjects: Lesbian / Gay Studies
Series: SUNY series in Feminist Criticism and Theory
Paperback : 9780791468944, 244 pages, October 2006
Hardcover : 9780791468937, 244 pages, October 2006

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Table of contents




1. Whitens Whites, Keeps Colors Bright: Jewish Families Queering the Race Project 

2. Jew Dykes Adopting Children: A Guide to the Perplexed

3. Going Natural: The Family Has No Clothes

4. Questing for Heart in a Heartless World: Jewish Feminist Ruminations on Monogamy and Marriage



Justice and La Vida Jew . . . in Technicolor Queer



Interrogates the normative heterosexual family from feminist, Jewish, and queer perspectives.


Bronze Medalist, 2007 Independent Publishers Book Award in the Gay/Lesbian Category

The Family Flamboyant is a graceful and lucid account of the many routes to family formation. Weaving together personal experience and political analysis in an examination of how race, gender, sexuality, class, and other hierarchies function in family politics, Marla Brettschneider draws on her own experience in a Jewish, multiracial, adoptive, queer family in order to theorize about the layered realities that characterize families in the United States today. Brettschneider uses critical race politics, feminist insight, class-based analysis, and queer theory to offer a distinct and distinctly Jewish contribution to both the family debates and the larger project of justice politics.

At the University of New Hampshire, Marla Brettschneider is Associate Professor of Political Philosophy, holds a joint appointment in Political Science and Women's Studies, and is Coordinator of Queer Studies. She is the author of several books, including Democratic Theorizing from the Margins.