The Future of Marriage

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In their current demands, Blankenhorn points out, gay and lesbian leaders are not asking for marriage with an adjective in front of it, but marriage itself. Therefore, what marriage is and why it matters is what this debate is all about. What exactly is this institution to which gay and lesbian activists are seeking access? Why do we have it in the first place? Where did it come from? What is it for? How is it changing? These are some of the hard questions The Future of ...
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Overview


In their current demands, Blankenhorn points out, gay and lesbian leaders are not asking for marriage with an adjective in front of it, but marriage itself. Therefore, what marriage is and why it matters is what this debate is all about. What exactly is this institution to which gay and lesbian activists are seeking access? Why do we have it in the first place? Where did it come from? What is it for? How is it changing? These are some of the hard questions The Future of Marriage confronts.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781594032417
  • Publisher: Encounter Books
  • Publication date: 5/25/2009
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 335
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface Jonathan Rauch xi

Introduction 1

1 What Is Marriage? 11

2 Prehistory 23

3 The River Valleys 41

4 The Trobriand Islands 69

5 What Marriage Is 91

6 Deinstitutionalize Marriage? 127

7 Goods in Conflict 171

8 Determining Marriage's Fate 213

Appendix: Topics in the Anthropology of Kinship 247

Acknowledgments 263

Notes 265

Index 317

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