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Introduzione

Everri, Marina (2016) Introduzione. In: Everri, Marina, (ed.) Genitori come gli altri e tra gli altri. Mimesis, Milan, Italy. ISBN 9788857528700

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Abstract

In Italy, same-sex parenting has recently entered public debate, raising concerns, passion, anger and, eventually, the passing of a law that has (finally) acknowledged same-sex civil partnership. What is the position of cutting-edge research on same-sex families in Italy? Which instruments can professionals rely on to respond to same-sex families’ needs? Are political and legal institutions effectively supporting the rights of same-sex couples, such as the right to be acknowledged as citizens as well as parents like others and among others? The book "Genitori come gli altri e tra gli altri: Essere genitori omosessuali in Italia" (‘Parents like others and among others: Being same-sex parents in Italy’) responds to these questions by gathering together contributions from researchers, practitioners, and representatives of political and legal institutions as well as LGBTQI associations to provide an in-depth examination of same-sex parenting in Italy. The first section of the book illustrates recent scientific research on same-sex couples and parents, carried out in Italy. The second section highlights the expertise of professionals working in educational, clinical and social services who have developed new interventions attuned to the specific needs of the diverse forms of families. The third section addresses the challenges that politicians, jurists and LGBTQI associations have to face in the near future: namely, opening a path to changes that allow diverse social minorities, which are increasingly characterizing Italian sociocultural context, to be legally acknowledged and socially supported. In the different parts of the book, I highlight the need to delineate a new perspective on the study of the specific needs of not only same-sex families, but all contemporary families. Same-sex families in Italy are only one among other social minorities that oblige researchers, practitioners and politicians to become aware of the rapid sociocultural transformations characterizing this country. This obligation requires researchers, practitioners, politicians and others to question dated models which discriminate against minority and diverse family groups and to intervene at different levels in order to address their emerging needs. To this end, the book is interdisciplinary: it collects contributions from social scientists, politicians, jurists and activists committed to making the Italian political and sociocultural context a more equal place for all citizens. Students, researchers, practitioners and the general public will find interesting insights on what it means to become same-sex parents in a country that is mainly hostile to them.

Item Type: Book Section
Official URL: http://mimesisedizioni.it/
Additional Information: © 2016 Mimesis
Library of Congress subject classification: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
Sets: Departments > Social Psychology
Departments > Psychological and Behavioural Science
Date Deposited: 05 Feb 2016 12:39
URL: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/65250/

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