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The cultural politics of same sex marriage - Kathleen Hull

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Title
The cultural politics of same sex marriage
Author
Kathleen Hull
format
Paperback / softback
Publisher
Cambridge University Press
Language
English
UK Publication Date
20060216

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.

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

"Kathleen Hull's study of the commitment and spousal practices of same-sex couples in the United States is a welcome addition to the general field of socio-legal studies and, specifically, to the development of a comparative political sociology of lesbian and gay life... [T]his is a well written, well researched and provocative study of the culture, law and politics of same-sex marriage in the U.S. It will stand as a benchmark for future research in this area."

Miriam Smith, Canadian Journal of Sociology Online

Type
BOOK
Keyword Index
Same-sex marriage.|Same-sex marriage - Law and legislation.
Country of Publication
England
Number of Pages
294

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