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.
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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