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Kathleen Averett

MDiv, Harvard University

Kathleen Averett



Kate Averett is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Sociology. Kate studies gender, sexuality, and the social construction of childhood in the United States. Her dissertation research is on discourses and practices of homeschooling in Texas, specifically examining how gendered beliefs about childhood impact what we think children need out of education – and who can best provide it. Kate is a graduate fellow in the Urban Ethnography Lab and is completing a graduate portfolio in Women's and Gender Studies in the LGBTQ/Sexualities studies track. 



Gender, Sexuality, LGBTQ Studies, Family/Childhood, Qualitative Methods

SOC 307F • Diversity In Amer Families

44870 • Spring 2015
Meets MWF 1100am-1200pm WEL 2.256
(also listed as WGS 301 )
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This course will provide a broad examination of the diversity of American families and current debates about family life from a sociological perspective, with an emphasis on how gender, race/ethnicity, social class, and sexualities shape experiences and definitions of family. The course will cover theoretical perspectives on family and kinship as well as recent trends in several aspects of family life, including cohabitation, marriage and divorce, parenthood, family policy, and family structure. Specific attention will be given to marginalized family types, including LGBT families, immigrant families, and interracial families.

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