Conjugal Rites: Marriage and Marriage-like Relationships Before the Law

Conjugal Rites: Marriage and Marriage-like Relationships Before the Law


By (author) Heather Brook

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  • Publisher: Palgrave MacMillan
  • Format: Hardback | 268 pages
  • Dimensions: 142mm x 211mm x 20mm | 386g
  • Publication date: 1 February 2008
  • Publication City/Country: Gordonsville
  • ISBN 10: 1403976562
  • ISBN 13: 9781403976567
  • Illustrations note: black & white illustrations

Product description

This book explores the regulation of intimate relationships today. Its raw materials are fascinating and sometimes salacious. Addressing questions ranging from whether a virgin can be a party to adultery, to whether a man can be a wife, each chapter deals with a theme of conjugality. Using historical and contemporary legal-political sources, the author 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.

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Author information

Heather Brook is Lecturer in Women's Studies and Sociology, Flinders University, Australia.

Table of contents

Introduction: Propositions, Proposals Women and Wives: Stalemate? Sex/Gender: Husbands, Wives, Spouses Union: Sexual Performatives Race Trouble: Marriage and the Politics of Assimilation Consenting Adults: Sex and Crime in Marriage Adversarial versus No-fault Divorce Living Together Sex and Sexualities