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Conjugal Rites
     

Conjugal Rites

by Heather Brook
 
This book explores the regulation of intimate relationships today. It uses fascinating and at times salacious material as well as historical and contemporary legal-political sources. Addressing questions ranging from whether a virgin can be a party to adultery, to whether a man can be a wife each chapter deals with changing themes of conjugality.

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This book explores the regulation of intimate relationships today. It uses fascinating and at times salacious material as well as historical and contemporary legal-political sources. Addressing questions ranging from whether a virgin can be a party to adultery, to whether a man can be a wife each chapter deals with changing themes of conjugality.

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"Women's studies scholar Brook . . . critically interrogates marriage and the regulation of conjugal relationships. Aptly using theoretical insights from Foucault and Butler, she offers a sharp critique of feminist discussions of marriage as a stable social institution and proposes new ways of conceptualizing marriage as a dynamic arena of regulation based on governmentality, corporeality, and performativity. Basing her study on the analysis of legal and social discourse in the US, UK, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand, Brook applies her framework in discussing historical and contemporary issues around marriage including same-sex marriage, cohabitation, and divorce . . . Overall, this is an important contribution to the field of women's studies and feminist theory, and will also be widely accessible for readers who want to learn more about changing meanings of marriage and intimate relationships. Summing Up: Highly recommended. All levels/libraries." - CHOICE

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780230262744
Publisher:
Palgrave Macmillan
Publication date:
12/26/2007
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
410 KB

Meet the Author

Heather Brook is Lecturer in Women's Studies and Sociology, Flinders University, Australia.

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