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“But who are the parents?” Examining heteronormative discourses in New Zealand government early childhood reports and policy

Alexandra C. Gunn

In the 1940s New Zealand government reports and policy about early childhood education were written with the assumption that parents were part of a nuclear family consisting of mother, father and children; an assumption that excludes or marginalises families with lesbian or gay parents. Alex Gunn looks at how official writing has changed over time to encompass a wider view of “parent”.

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