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American marriage : a political institution / Priscilla Yamin.

By: Yamin, Priscilla.
Material type: TextTextSeries: JSTOR eBooks.American governance: Publisher: Philadelphia : University of Pennsylvania Press, ©2012Edition: 1st ed.Description: 1 online resource (212 pages).Content type: text Media type: computer Carrier type: online resourceISBN: 9780812206647 (electronic bk.); 0812206649 (electronic bk.).Subject(s): Marriage -- Political aspects -- United States -- History | Marriage law -- United States -- History | United States -- Social policy -- HistoryAdditional physical formats: Print version:: American marriage.DDC classification: 306.810973 Online resources: Click here to view this ebook.
Contents:
Introduction: Marriage as a political institution. I Historical development. Chapter 1. The "duties as well as privileges of freedom" ; Chapter 2. "What constitutes a valid marriage?" -- II. The long culture wars. Chapter 3. "Marriage is one of the basic civil rights of man" ; Chapter 4. "Marriage is the foundation of a successful society" ; Chapter 5. "We're in a battle for the soul of the nation" -- Conclusion: "Is there hope for the American marriage?"
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Includes bibliographical references and index.

Introduction: Marriage as a political institution. I Historical development. Chapter 1. The "duties as well as privileges of freedom" ; Chapter 2. "What constitutes a valid marriage?" -- II. The long culture wars. Chapter 3. "Marriage is one of the basic civil rights of man" ; Chapter 4. "Marriage is the foundation of a successful society" ; Chapter 5. "We're in a battle for the soul of the nation" -- Conclusion: "Is there hope for the American marriage?"

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Yamin (Univ. of Oregon) presents a new study on marriage as a political institution. In making her case for seeing marriage this way, Yamin confronts marriage along two different dimensions. On the theoretical side, Yamin treats marriage in the US as a point of intersection between understandings of obligations and understandings of rights. On the obligation side, Yamin describes marriage as a remnant of feudal relations in the US, and includes artificial, constructed differences in race, class, gender, and sexual differences. On the rights side, marriage embodies liberal understandings of contract and the ability of individuals to freely consent to the obligations to which they hold themselves. These separate ways of thinking about marriage, Yamin shows, are sometimes in tension with one another and at other times support one another. One the policy side of the issue, Yamin argues that marriage is frequently a flashpoint, when questions of inclusion become a public issue. To illustrate this point, Yamin examines the controversies over marriage after Reconstruction, during debates over immigration, during the civil rights and women's movements, in the debates over welfare reform, and most recently in the controversies over gay marriage. Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduate, graduate, and research collections. E. C. Sands Berry College

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Priscilla Yamin teaches political science at the University of Oregon.

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