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Disclaimer**Technically Kath Weston's Family We Choose is not an article published in a scholarly journal. It is a book that I have read one chapter of. (Chapter 5- and it is from this chapter which I gather my information) However; it has been cited over 1200 times and many of those times were by sociology / psych and other social science scholarly journals, and i feel that the topic is important enough to discuss. (Especially with the growth of the gay community.) Also, the online site about abstract writing states that abstracts can be used for chapters in a book. So if I could please write my abstract on a book chapter this one time, I would really appreciate it. Thanks. Abstract Chapter 5 Families We Choose – (from book of same title) – by Kath Weston Various interviews and personal experience illustrate the difficulties of the gay
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Unformatted text preview: experience in the later 20th century. Ostracization by sanguineous family, as well as other members of society, prompted the formation of gay kinship-like families and the gay community. Prior to the 1960's there was virtually no gay community and individuals who began embracing their homosexuality were abjured by society and at a loss. Even though they were technically part of a community, they did not know how to find other members of the group. Without community engagement, members of a community are only separate entities. External stimuli created the need for a community; a support group and chosen family. Increased community engagement created momentum for the gay movement and changed the operational definition of family....
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