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

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

by Kathleen E. Hull
     
 

Fierce and often ugly battles are being waged, especially in the United States, over who is allowed to marry, what marriage signifies and where marriage is headed. Kathleen Hull examines these debates, and data from interviews with over seventy people in same-sex relationships, to explore the cultural practices surrounding same-sex marriage and the legal battle for… See more details below

Overview

Fierce and often ugly battles are being waged, especially in the United States, over who is allowed to marry, what marriage signifies and where marriage is headed. Kathleen Hull examines these debates, and data from interviews with over seventy people in same-sex relationships, to explore the cultural practices surrounding same-sex marriage and the legal battle for recognition. Arguing that the cultural and legal dimensions of marriage are closely intertwined, she shows how same-sex couples use marriage-related cultural practices, such as public commitment rituals, to assert the reality of their commitments despite lack of legal recognition. Though many same-sex couples see the law of the state to hold a unique cultural power to legitimate their relationships and identities, Hull finds that their opponents equally look to the law to re-establish a social normalcy that excludes same-sex relationships. This is a timely look at a contentious issue.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521672511
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
04/30/2006
Edition description:
ANN
Pages:
294
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.67(d)

Meet the Author

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

Table of Contents

1Marriage, culture and law1
2Doing the rite thing : cultural practices of commitment26
3How do I love thee? : questioning the marriage model78
4Making it legal : marriage, law and legality116
5Sin or civil right? : debating marriage in the states152
6Conclusion : marriage and beyond196

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