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Not the marrying kind : a feminist critique of same-sex marriage /
Nicola Barker.
imprint
Hampshire ; New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2012.
description
xiv, 231 p. ; 24 cm.
ISBN
0230299822, 9780230299825
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imprint
Hampshire ; New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2012.
isbn
0230299822
9780230299825
catalogue key
8574271
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. 205-223) and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 2013-03-01:
Barker (law, Univ. of Reading, UK) has written an important intervention into the debates surrounding same-sex marriage. The book begins with an exhaustive examination of the laws of marriage, domestic partnership, and civil unions in jurisdictions across the globe as well as an examination of litigation in the US, Canada, and South Africa around issues of same-sex marriage. Through this analysis, Barker crafts the "marriage model." She unpacks the ideology of marriage and finds it emphasizes "a shared life, commitment, intimacy, and interdependency between adults"--as opposed to those who claim that law recognizes marital relationships as essentially and primarily procreative. The book next turns to a nuanced analysis, centered on this question: can same-sex marriage be a transformative social and legal practice? Rather than reiterating the standard argument for or against same-sex marriage, Barker's analysis combines both second-wave feminist and queer critiques of marriage. Barker persuasively argues that a more transformative approach would move "beyond marriage" and "beyond conjugality" to a law that embraces much more diversity in terms of recognizing relationships of dependence and affection. The book is difficult because of the sophistication and density of the information, but the ideas are well worth grappling with. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Graduate and research collections. R. A. Cramer Drake University
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Not the Marrying Kindis a new and comprehensive exploration of the contemporary same-sex marriage debates in several jurisdictions including Australia, Canada, South Africa, the United Kingdom and the United States. It departs from much of the existing scholarship on same-sex marriage, which argues either for or against marriage for same-sex couples. Instead, this book begins from a critical analysis of the institution of marriage itself (as well as separate forms of relationship recognition, such as civil partnership, PaCS, domestic partnership) and asks whether and how feminist critiques of marriage might be applied specifically to same-sex marriage. In doing this, the author combines the theories of second wave feminism with insights from contemporary queer theory.
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A comprehensive exploration of current same-sex marriage debates in Australia, Canada, South Africa, the UK and the US, providing a critical analysis of the institution of marriage asking whether and how feminist critiques might apply to same-sex marriage and combining theories of second wave feminism with insights from contemporary queer theory.
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An exploration of current same-sex marriage debates in Australia, Canada, South Africa, the UK and the US, providing a critical analysis of the institution of marriage and asking whether and how feminist critiques might apply to same-sex marriage.
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A topical and contemporary exploration of same-sex marriage debates across the globe
Long Description
Not the Marrying Kind is a new and comprehensive exploration of the contemporary same-sex marriage debates in several jurisdictions including Australia, Canada, South Africa, the United Kingdom and the United States. It departs from much of the existing scholarship on same-sex marriage, which argues either for or against marriage for same-sex couples. Instead, this book begins from a critical analysis of the institution of marriage itself (as well as separate forms of relationship recognition, such as civil partnership, PaCS, domestic partnership) and asks whether and how feminist critiques of marriage might be applied specifically to same-sex marriage. In doing this, the author combines the theories of second wave feminism with insights from contemporary queer theory.
Table of Contents
he Marriage Model
Different Institutions for Same-Sex Relationships: A Departure from the Marriage Model?
Same-Sex Marriage: Legislation and Litigation
Arguments for Same-Sex Marriage
Second-Wave Theories for Third Wave Families? Feminist Perspectives on (Same-Sex) Marriage
Of Outlaws and In-Laws: The 'Ambivalent Gift' of Legal Legitimation
Conclusion
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