107: Surfacing the Language of Family Privilege in the Media, Policy, and Family Science: A Critical Feminist Workshop For Systems Change

Bethany L. Letiecq; Katherine Kuvalanka; Antoinette Landor; Veronica R. Barrios; Nicole Sussner Rodgers

10:00 AM
11:15 AM
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  • Feminism & Family Studies
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About the Session

Concurrent Sessions 1 - (NBCC CE Credit: #1 hr and Conference Attendance Credit: #1 hr)

Workshop Leaders: Bethany L. Letiecq, Katherine Kuvalanka, Antoinette Landor, Veronica Barrios, Nicole Sussner Rodgers


Led by critical family scholars and the founder and executive director of a family think tank, this critical feminist workshop aims to discuss the concept of family privilege and the ways it manifests in everyday discourse about families in the media, policies and laws, scholarly journals, in our classrooms, and in family science more broadly. Workshop attendees will be invited to unpack and bring to the surface the language of family privilege and work together to develop a multi-pronged campaign for language change related to the descriptions of diverse individuals and family forms. Campaign targets might include national, state, and local media outlets, policymakers, and/or family journals. Workshop production and collective change agency hold implications for the future of family research, practice, and policy.

-- To understand and apply the concept of family privilege using critical feminist and critical race lenses.
-- To bring to the surface and discuss the everyday yet othering language of family privilege used in the media, family laws and policies, and in the discipline of family science.
-- To inform the development of and join a multi-pronged national campaign for language change within the media, the policy arena, family journals, and the family science field more broadly.

Subject Codes: family structure, marginalization, privilege
Population Codes: marital status, relational status, and family structure or identity, Black or Brown, queer (used as an umbrella term and/or for those who claim it as an identity)
Method and Approach Codes: concept/construct development, social justice, advocacy

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