Date of Award


Degree Name

Master of Arts



First Advisor

Dr. Laura Spielvogel

Second Advisor

Dr. Robert Ulin

Third Advisor

Dr. Vin Lyon-Callo

Access Setting

Masters Thesis-Open Access


In this thesis, I look at the practices of certain lesbians and locate them within a particular historical and cultural context. I argue that the resources, the capital, both material and social, as well as the internalized orientations and expectations each woman brings to the crafting of her family, accounts for the particular family each has negotiated. It is within the particular historical constraints and opportunities that we can understand each family's experiences. The uniqueness of family experience is predicated on differences in the women's ages linked to the particular historical trajectory of sociopolitical changes in the U. S. Yet many experiences are similar because these families are socio-economically homogeneous, sharing a class habitus, a positionality that informs each particular experience, that is, each possess the financial and social resources that afforded them the opportunity to bring to reality a particular imagined family, unavailable to many gay and lesbians who do not enjoy the same resources.

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