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New article by Robert Pralat

last modified Dec 07, 2018 04:00 PM

Journal of Family Issues has recently published an article by our Research Fellow Robert Pralat. The article, titled ‘More natural does not equal more normal: Lesbian, gay, and bisexual people’s views about different pathways to parenthood’, draws on findings from Robert’s doctoral research and is part of a special issue on how LGBTQ people redefine the meaning of family. In the article, Robert argues that, when it comes to understanding parenthood, ‘normality’ and ‘naturalness’ have fundamentally contradictory meanings, which complicates the objective to ensure that creating a family is ‘in children’s best interests’.

The Reproductive Sociology Research Group supports research and teaching on the social and cultural implications of new reproductive technologies. ReproSoc is based within the Department of Sociology and is part of an expanding concentration of Reproductive Studies at Cambridge, is led by Professor Sarah Franklin and has funding from the Wellcome Trust, British Academy, ESRC, ERC, and Office of the Vice Chancellor, as well as several other funding bodies.


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LIFE IN GLASS is a series of cultural experiments that explore the relation between reproductive technologies and the social worlds we live in. Through art, film and creative dialogue, we consider how reproductive technologies come to play an ever larger role in the process of imagining when, how, if, and what we reproduce in our lifetimes.

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