Marriage: A Brief Defense of Society's Most Important Institution / Edition 1

Marriage: A Brief Defense of Society's Most Important Institution / Edition 1

by Elizabeth Fox-Genovese
     
 

ISBN-10: 1933859628

ISBN-13: 9781933859620

Pub. Date: 05/30/2008

Publisher: ISI Books

"Nearly everywhere and at all times, marriage has enjoyed a privileged status as the primary social unit - the essential bond that created alliances between families and a bridge between the sexes. In joining a man and woman, marriage attempted to hold men to collective social standards, including responsibility for the women they impregnated and the children they…  See more details below

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"Nearly everywhere and at all times, marriage has enjoyed a privileged status as the primary social unit - the essential bond that created alliances between families and a bridge between the sexes. In joining a man and woman, marriage attempted to hold men to collective social standards, including responsibility for the women they impregnated and the children they fathered, while also stringently hedging in women's sexuality. In short, marriage has always demanded that both men and women sacrifice a considerable measure of individual freedom. In marriage, "I" becomes "we," and "we" frequently extends beyond the couple to extended family, clan, and society. For these reasons, both political and religious authorities typically have taken great care to present marriage as an institution to which individual interests must be subordinated." At the time of her death in January 2007, the celebrated historian Elizabeth Fox-Genovese was worried that these attitudes were in the process of being reversed. In this book, which she was in the midst of preparing for publication at the time of her passing, she argues that marriage is disintegrating under the rising demands that it serve not the good of the whole but the desires of the individual. A union that at one point was used to limit individual "rights" is now claimed as one right among many. The sexual liberation movements of the last forty years have seriously undermined marriage, argues Fox-Genovese, so much so that the institution seems to face the threat of extinction.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781933859620
Publisher:
ISI Books
Publication date:
05/30/2008
Series:
American Ideals and Institutions Series
Edition description:
1
Pages:
225
Product dimensions:
5.20(w) x 7.60(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction Sheila O'Connor-Ambrose O'Connor-Ambrose, Sheila

Pt. l Marriage: From Personal Bond to Social Choice

1 Male and Female He Created Them 3

2 Different or Equal? The Compromise of Separate Spheres 23

3 Marriage on Trial 43

Pt. II History; the Family; and the Human Person

4 Women and the Family 65

5 Thoughts on the History of the Family 109

6 The Legal Status of Families as Institutions 129

7 Historical Perspectives on the Human Person 137

8 The Family and John Paul II 157

Afterword Robert P. George George, Robert P. 165

A Short List of Good Books on Marriage 171

Notes 175

Index 189

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