Domestic Tensions, National Anxieties: Global Perspectives on Marriage, Crisis, and Nation

Domestic Tensions, National Anxieties: Global Perspectives on Marriage, Crisis, and Nation

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Overview

Since the late nineteenth century, fears that marriage is in crisis have reverberated around the world. This volume explores this phenomenon, asking why people of various races, classes, and nations frequently seem to be fretting about marriage. Each of the chapters analyzes a specific time and place during which proclamations of marriage crisis have dominated public discourse, whether in late imperial Russia, 1920s India, mid-century France, or present-day Iran. Collectively, the chapters reveal how diverse individuals have deployed the institution of marriage to talk not only about intimate relationships, but also to understand the nation, its problems, and various socioeconomic and political transformations.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780199856732
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 03/11/2016
Pages: 296
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Kristin Celello is Associate Professor of History at Queens College, City University of New York, and the author of Making Marriage Work: A History of Marriage and Divorce in the Twentieth-Century United States.

Hanan Kholoussy is an Associate Professor of History at The American University in Cairo and the author of For Better, For Worse: The Marriage Crisis That Made Modern Egypt.

Table of Contents

Introduction: "Domestic Tensions, National Anxieties: Global Perspectives on Marriage, Crisis, and Nation," Kristin Celello and Hanan Kholoussy

Chapter One: "Marital Choice and Marital Crisis in Late Imperial Russia," Barbara Alpern Engel

Chapter Two: "Marriage, Manumission, and Morality in Turn-of-the-Century Rio de Janeiro," Erica M. Windler

Chapter Three: "Marriage Crisis and All That Jazz," Nancy F. Cott

Chapter Four: "Marriage and Minority: The Indian Nation, the Muslim Question, and the Child Marriage Restraint Act of 1929," Ishita Pande

Chapter Five: "Mixed Marriage in Colonial Burma: National Identity and Nationhood at Risk," Tin Tin Htun

Chapter Six: "Materialism, Contention, and Rebellion: The Changing Demands on Marriage in Colonial Zanzibar," Elke E. Stockreiter

Chapter Seven: "Finding a Grand Amour in Marriage in Postwar France," Rebecca J. Pulju

Chapter Eight: "Wedding Marriage to the Nation-State in Modern China: Legal Consequences for Divorce, Property, and Women's Rights," Ke Li and Sara L. Friedman

Chapter Nine: "Woman-to-Woman, Polyandrous, and Child Marriage: Expressions and Contestations of Marriage Rights in Colonial and Independent Nigeria," Nwando Achebe

Chapter Ten: "What Kind of Crisis? Marriage and Masculinity in Contemporary Iranian Cinema," Amy Motlagh

Chapter Eleven: "Marriage and Family in Crisis in Contemporary Japan," Jeff Kingston

Chapter Twelve: "Imagined Crises: Assessing Evidence of Delayed Marriage and Never-Marriage in Contemporary Egypt," Rania Salem

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