Topic of thesis: family, lesbian mothers, gay fathers, same-sex parents, donor insemination, surrogacy
Abstract: The present study is intended to make a contribution to the social and cultural understanding of what is conceptualized as “family” and “kinship”, concepts that have undergone enormous changes in recent decades. An increasing number of gay and lesbian people are choosing to pursue reproductive technologies in order to have children in the contexts of an openly gay and lesbian lifestyle, and these new forms of families raise new questions and research directions. The aim of this research is to explore how same-sex parents give meaning to and manage their relationships with donors and surrogates, that is, people who contribute to the process of procreation with either the gestation or gametes donation. This study will focus on how the situatedness as social and cultural actors affects the extent to which such “third parties” are included or excluded from family life, thus reinventing kinship ties in complex ways. The research will apply a qualitative approach, which appears to serve best the subject of study and the peculiarities of the population on focus. In order to reach satisfying answers to the research questions, focu s groups will be conducted, combined with in-depth interviews with gay and lesbian couples with children who were born through assisted reproductive technologies (ART).
Research interests: Gender Studies, Women’s Studies, Sexuality, Gay and Lesbian Studies, Queer Studies, Sociology of Health, Qualitative Research Methodologies
Graduated from: University of Turin
Degrees obtained: 110/110 (with great honor and recommendation for thesis publication)