chapter  4
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Posthuman Families, Queerly

ByAnne M. Harris

This chapter problematises the notion of family as a humanist construct and draws instead upon posthuman, queer and new materialist literature (Barad, 2007; Berlant, 2010; Halberstam, 2007) to think more broadly about families as constellations that are affective nodes which propel us out into the world and draw us back, informing the ways in which we learn, make meaning and perform interpretive tasks. For queer and gender-diverse humans, an affinity with non-humanly-normative beings offers us more than new ways of rehearsing affective belonging with other humans, and expands the possibilities of queer kinship and families as a doing. Relationships with and between domestic animals, digital devices, natural plant, mineral and living/non-living beings with our intimate objects of gender fluidity all contribute to ways of understanding ‘family’ for gender-creative beings. In this chapter, Harris explores how these assemblages cohere at times into suggestions of more-than-human and more-than-gendered society.