'The best interests of the child': reflecting on the family and the law as sites of oppressive hetero-socialisation

SOURCE: Home affairs: rethinking lesbian, gay, bisexual & transgender families in contemporary South Africa
OUTPUT TYPE: Chapter in Monograph
PUBLICATION YEAR: 2013
TITLE AUTHOR(S): N.Sanger, C.Sanger
SOURCE EDITOR(S): C.Lubbe-De Beer, J.Marnell
KEYWORDS: BISEXUALITY, HETEROSEXUALITY, HOMOSEXUALITY, IDENTITY, LESBIANS, SEXUAL BEHAVIOUR
DEPARTMENT: Human and Social Development (HSD)
Print: HSRC Library: shelf number 7829

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Abstract

This chapter aims to reflect on some of the ways in which hetero-socialisation operates within the family as an institution and within the law as an authority that lays claim to and delimits ideas of acceptable bodies and behaviours. Employing a multi-disciplinary approach, this chapter reflects on oppressive heteronormative values and how these often operate in opposition to the best interests of non-heterosexual children.