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Conjugality

Marriage and Marriage-like Relationships before the Law

Authors: Brook, H.

  • TOPIC RECEIVING INCREASED ATTENTION: Samesex marriage is a topic receiving a huge amount of attention in this country right now, and will not disappear from the agenda anytime soon.
  • MULTIPLE MARKETS: Will appeal to scholars and students in both sociology and women's studies, and possibly a small subsection of politics and law.
  • UNIQUE APPROACH: Brook looks at the similarities and differences in a wide variety of intimate relationships (marriage, same sex partnerships, de facto relationships, domestic relationships), something which has not been done before. 
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About this book

Conjugal Rites explores the legal shape of marriage as it has been determined by countless decisions concerning entry and exit into the ancient rite. Heather Brook examines the countless rules and protocols governing marriage that make it valid in the eyes of the law. She argues that the various sexual performatives associated with marriage can establish, reinforce, or rupture conjugal unity while exploring the historical and politcal regulations and prohibitions marriage has faced. Brook unites past and present, public and private, to investigate the changing meanings and effects of conjugality, and challenge the way we think about sex, gender and relationships.

About the authors

HEATHER BROOK is Lecturer in Women's Studies and Sociology, Flinders University, Australia.

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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


"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

Table of contents (9 chapters)

  • Introduction: Proposals and Propositions

    Brook, Heather

    Pages 1-11

  • Theorizing Conjugality

    Brook, Heather

    Pages 13-40

  • Making Marriage: Validity and Nullity

    Brook, Heather

    Pages 41-68

  • Union: Adultery and Other Sexual Performatives

    Brook, Heather

    Pages 69-94

  • Marriage “Beyond the Pale”: “Mixed” Marriage, “Miscegenation,” and Assimilation

    Brook, Heather

    Pages 95-119

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Hardcover $120.00
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  • ISBN 978-1-4039-7656-7
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Softcover $50.00
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-1-349-53726-6
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  • This title is currently reprinting. You can pre-order your copy now.

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Conjugality
Book Subtitle
Marriage and Marriage-like Relationships before the Law
Authors
Copyright
2007
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Nature America Inc.
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-4039-7656-7
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-53726-6
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VIII, 257
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