The Intersection of class and gender: an analysis on family performances through coming-out practices of lesbian, gay, bisexual individuals

Thesis Type: Postgraduate

Institution Of The Thesis: Middle East Technical University, Turkey

Approval Date: 2019

Student: Damla Umut Uzun



Problematizing the taken-for-granted definitions and roles standardizing and normalizing the heteronormative nuclear family, from the critical perspective of Queer Theory, this study considers family as a whole of practices performed by and intimacy felt among the members included rather than a given and concrete entity. In order to reflect the idea of unstable, transforming and fluid characteristic of the family notion, this research focuses on both the biological and chosen family relations of non-trans lesbian, gay and bisexual individuals. Analysis conducted in the intersection of class and gender as the sub-systems affected by heteronormative social structure has revealed the subjective differences within family performances of LGBs from different classes, and different reflections of each identity in family practices regarding their gender. By doing so, social and personal life dynamics behind the concept of family has been explored and process of practicing/ doing family has attempted to be reflected throughout the study.