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Same-Sex Marriage: The Cultural Politics of Love and Law

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April 2006

Beschreibung

Beschreibung

Fierce and sometimes ugly battles are being waged, especially in America, over who is allowed to marry, and what marriage signifies. By examining these debates and the data from over seventy interviews, Kathleen Hull explores the phenomenon of same-sex marriage in the contemporary US context. Hull describes how same-sex couples use marriage-related cultural practices such as public commitment rituals to assert the reality of their commitments, explores why same-sex couples are interested in obtaining legal recognition for these commitments and examines why this is so threatening to their fellow citizens.

Inhaltsverzeichnis

List of tables; Preface; Same-sex marriage timeline; 1. Marriage, culture and law; 2. Doing the rite thing: cultural practices of commitment; 3. How do I love thee? Questioning the marriage model; 4. Making it legal: marriage, law and legality; 5. Sin or civil right? Debating marriage in the states; 6. Conclusion: marriage and beyond; Epilogue; Appendices; Notes; Court cases; References; Index.

Portrait

Kathleen E. Hull is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Minnesota.

Pressestimmen

"Kathleen Hull's study of the commitment and spousal practices of same-sex couples in the United States is a welcome addition to the general field of socio-legal studies and, specifically, to the development of a comparative political sociology of lesbian and gay life... [T]his is a well written, well researched and provocative study of the culture, law and politics of same-sex marriage in the U.S. It will stand as a benchmark for future research in this area." Miriam Smith, Canadian Journal of Sociology Online
EAN: 9780521856546
ISBN: 052185654X
Untertitel: New. Sprache: Englisch.
Verlag: CAMBRIDGE UNIV PR
Erscheinungsdatum: April 2006
Seitenanzahl: 296 Seiten
Format: gebunden
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