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Random Families: Genetic Strangers, Sperm Donor Siblings, and the Creation of New Kin

Rosanna Hertz and Margaret K. Nelson

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
October 2018
ISBN:
9780190888275
eISBN:
9780190888305
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190888275.001.0001
Subject:
Sociology, Marriage and the Family, Gender and Sexuality

This is a book about unprecedented families—networks of strangers linked by genes, medical technology, and the human desire for affinity and identity. It chronicles the chain of choices that couples ... More


Unprecedented Relationships

Rosanna Hertz and Margaret K. Nelson

in Random Families: Genetic Strangers, Sperm Donor Siblings, and the Creation of New Kin

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
October 2018
ISBN:
9780190888275
eISBN:
9780190888305
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190888275.003.0001
Subject:
Sociology, Marriage and the Family, Gender and Sexuality

This chapter introduces the concept of networks of strangers linked by reliance on the same sperm donor. It draws on participants’ use of the language of genes and the language of choice to explain ... More


The Social Capitalists: Joining the Preschoolers Group

Rosanna Hertz and Margaret K. Nelson

in Random Families: Genetic Strangers, Sperm Donor Siblings, and the Creation of New Kin

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
October 2018
ISBN:
9780190888275
eISBN:
9780190888305
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190888275.003.0010
Subject:
Sociology, Marriage and the Family, Gender and Sexuality

The parents in the Social Capitalist network introduce a set of new ideas about the meaning of relationships with donor siblings. Rather than trying to squeeze themselves into any preexisting model ... More


Michael’s Clan: The Arrival of the Father

Rosanna Hertz and Margaret K. Nelson

in Random Families: Genetic Strangers, Sperm Donor Siblings, and the Creation of New Kin

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
October 2018
ISBN:
9780190888275
eISBN:
9780190888305
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190888275.003.0006
Subject:
Sociology, Marriage and the Family, Gender and Sexuality

The same-sex couples highlighted in this narrative are members of the “families of choice” cohorts that arose during the 1980s. Although they were establishing a new family form, the mothers in a ... More


The 7008 Builders: We Are Family

Rosanna Hertz and Margaret K. Nelson

in Random Families: Genetic Strangers, Sperm Donor Siblings, and the Creation of New Kin

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
October 2018
ISBN:
9780190888275
eISBN:
9780190888305
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190888275.003.0007
Subject:
Sociology, Marriage and the Family, Gender and Sexuality

This chapter introduces the members of the 7008er network at the occasion of a significant gathering, when seven families with children born from the same sperm donor come together at a hotel in the ... More


Donor Sibling Networks: Continuity and Change

Rosanna Hertz and Margaret K. Nelson

in Random Families: Genetic Strangers, Sperm Donor Siblings, and the Creation of New Kin

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
October 2018
ISBN:
9780190888275
eISBN:
9780190888305
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190888275.003.0011
Subject:
Sociology, Marriage and the Family, Gender and Sexuality

This chapter looks across the five featured networks that span thirty years. It opens with a discussion of the historical moments in network creation and the different developmental ages of the ... More


The Tourists: Just Related Strangers

Rosanna Hertz and Margaret K. Nelson

in Random Families: Genetic Strangers, Sperm Donor Siblings, and the Creation of New Kin

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
October 2018
ISBN:
9780190888275
eISBN:
9780190888305
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190888275.003.0008
Subject:
Sociology, Marriage and the Family, Gender and Sexuality

The members of the Tourists are not really sure what they are looking for when they connect with other people to whom they are connected by reliance on the same sperm donor. The mere existence of ... More


Parents Make Contact with Genetic Strangers

Rosanna Hertz and Margaret K. Nelson

in Random Families: Genetic Strangers, Sperm Donor Siblings, and the Creation of New Kin

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
October 2018
ISBN:
9780190888275
eISBN:
9780190888305
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190888275.003.0004
Subject:
Sociology, Marriage and the Family, Gender and Sexuality

This chapter describes how parents use the number assigned to the donor to begin locating others who purchased vials from the same donor. It explains the steps parents make to form connections with ... More


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