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When Italian Same-Sex Parent Families Go to School: Fears, Challenges and Coping Strategies

TitleWhen Italian Same-Sex Parent Families Go to School: Fears, Challenges and Coping Strategies
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2022
AuthorsNothdurfter U, Monaco S
Secondary TitleItalian Journal of Sociology of Education
Date Published07/2022
PublisherPadova University Press
Place PublishedPadova, IT
ISSN Number2035-4983
Keywordsdisplaying family, family practices, Italy, same-sex parents, school

This article presents and discusses some of the findings of the PRIN project ‘Constructions of Parenting on Insecure Grounds’ (CoPInG) in which the Free University of Bolzano-Bozen’s research unit focused on uncertainties and challenges experienced by same-sex parents in Italy. An analysis of 40 qualitative interviews revealed that same-sex Italian parents are predominantly concerned with issues relating to recognition and inclusion in their surrounding social environments and institutional encounters. In this regard, same-sex parents’ experiences and relationships with their children’s schools and educational staff are of central and emblematic importance. The article highlights samesex parents’ fears, challenges and coping strategies, paying particular attention to practices of making their families visible and working for their legitimation and social recognition in school environments. The article concludes with indications and recommendations for making Italian schools more inclusive for same-sex parent families