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Entangled Family Parenting and Field Research in a Togolese Village Tabea Häberlein INTRODUCTION BECOMING A RESEARCH FAMILY IN THE FIELD My older daughter Jolina1 usually likes to be alone in her room. After a school day, followed by day nursery, she enjoys listening to audio books and painting. In August 2017, we went to Togo once again, this time for five weeks. We were living in Asséré, my research village in northern Togo, which I have visited regularly since 2006.2 We also spent time in Pagouda, the nearby district town. We were embedded

Introduction: Family in Crisis? What Crossing Borders and Crossing Narratives Tell Us About the State of the Family (Today) Eva-Sabine Zehelein, Goethe Universität Frankfurt / Brandeis University WSRC Families are in all their rainbow-colored appearances and life forms – mono- or pluripaternal, with, e.g., hetero-, homosexual, or transgender adults/parents – fundamental and reliable core elements of social existence and action. Families are intimate networks which are constitutive of all social architectures, central actors inmultiple (trans

“He’s Not Family”1 Family Between Genetic Essentialism and Social Parenthood in MTV’s Docu-Diary Generation Cryo (2013) Eva-Sabine Zehelein, Goethe Universität Frankfurt / Brandeis University WSRC Generation Cryo is a 2013 MTV show packaged as a reality docu-diary.2 Serialized in six 40-minute episodes, it portrays 17-year old Breeanna Speicher from Reno, Nevada, who sets out to meet as many of her 15 half-siblings (conceived with sperm from the same donor) as possible. And with their help, she is determined to find the donor, the guy who “did his thing in a cup

Donald the Family Planner How Disney Embraced Population Control Andrea Carosso, Università di Torino The Population Bomb In the 1960s a new kind of fear spread across America: the idea that human pop- ulation was outstripping the Earth’s ability to support mankind and that dire con- sequences would ensue if swift action was not taken. Media reports warned that the US could be bursting out at the seams by the end of the century and that if America would not, by humane means, limit its population, then the population would be limited by famines and shortages and

Circulating Family Images Doing Fieldwork and Artwork with/about Family Simone Pfeifer In preparation for my first ethnographic fieldwork encounter on the Island of Gozo (Malta) in 2003, as one of a group of students from the University of Cologne, I was advised to bring with me photographs of my family and everyday life in Ger- many to introduce myself to my interlocutors and give them a sense of who I was. The printed images I took showed my parents, my brother and some images of important sites in Cologne. People on Gozo politely viewed the

Family Crises on the Frontiers Nation, Gender, and Belonging in US Television Westerns Brigitte Georgi-Findlay, TU Dresden US television series aired since the 1950s are, I argue, an ideal subject for the study of family and family crises. Commercial broadcast television has always aimed to reach the widest possible audience, and has, out of commercial necessity, gauged the mainstream. It has thus been serving as a “cultural forum” (Newcomb and Hirsch 564). Studying it can help us to understand how American culture ‘ticks’ at a particular time. As a domestic

Closing Remarks – By a Family Lawyer Anatol Dutta, Ludwig Maximilians Universität München Many concepts discussed in this book – filiation, marriage, partnership, adoption, divorce – are predominantly legal categories. They are, in most modern societies, defined and created by family law.Therefore, reading the present book – the results of an “interdisciplinary, multiperspectival, European-American transatlantic com- parative project” (Zehelein, “Introduction” p. 21) – must be particularly interesting for a family lawyer. As the law should always serve societies

Patrimonial Benefits Arising from Family Crises1 Antonio Legerén-Molina, Universidade da Coruña Introduction If this book’s goal is to ask from different international and disciplinary perspec- tives whether the family is in crisis, this chapter will only address the Spanish sit- uation and from a legal viewpoint. In spite of such delimitation of the object of analysis, it is worth suggesting early on that it is impossible to conclude whether the family as a whole – at least in Spain – is or is not in crisis, primarily for three reasons. The first: because

Assisted Reproductive Technologies and Lesbian Families Gloria Álvarez Bernardo, Universidad de Granada Introduction Human reproduction is a central aspect in kinship relations. Its importance is made evident in the different mechanisms and measures that regulate and con- trol reproduction (González Echevarría et al. 104; Stone 546). In western societies, the heterosexual family occupies a privileged position (Pichardo 341). This family model is based on two principles: priority is given first to there being continuity between the conjugal and filial bond (Beck

Multiparentality and New Structures of Family Relationship1 Josep Ferrer-Riba, Universitat Pompeu Fabra I. Introduction A remarkable feature of contemporary family law is the way in which traditional family statuses – the status of spouse, based on marriage, and the statuses of fa- ther,mother, or child, based on the legal establishment of parenthood – are becom- ing blurred. These statuses have of course survived, but their essential elements and inherited rules are constantly being eroded and they have to co-exist with new personal and family statuses and roles