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Not The Marrying Kind : A Feminist Critique of Same-Sex Marriage

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Not the Marrying Kind is a new and comprehensive exploration of the contemporary same-sex marriage debates in several jurisdictions including Australia, Canada, South Africa, the United Kingdom and the United States. It departs from much of the existing scholarship on same-sex marriage, which argues either for or against marriage for same-sex couples. Instead, this book begins from a critical analysis of the institution of marriage itself (as well as separate forms of relationship recognition, such as civil partnership, PaCS, domestic partnership) and asks whether and how feminist critiques of marriage might be applied specifically to same-sex marriage. In doing this, the author combines the theories of second wave feminism with insights from contemporary queer theory.
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  • Paperback | 248 pages
  • 155 x 235 x 17.78mm | 385g
  • Basingstoke, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 2012 ed.
  • XIV, 248 p.
  • 1137348038
  • 9781137348036
  • 1,523,065

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Not the Marrying Kind is a new and comprehensive exploration of the contemporary same-sex marriage debates in several jurisdictions including Australia, Canada, South Africa, the United Kingdom and the United States. It departs from much of the existing scholarship on same-sex marriage, which argues either for or against marriage for same-sex couples. Instead, this book begins from a critical analysis of the institution of marriage itself (as well as separate forms of relationship recognition, such as civil partnership, PaCS, domestic partnership) and asks whether and how feminist critiques of marriage might be applied specifically to same-sex marriage. In doing this, the author combines the theories of second wave feminism with insights from contemporary queer theory.
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Table of contents

The Marriage Model.- Different Institutions for Same-Sex Relationships: A Departure from the Marriage Model?.- Same-Sex Marriage: Legislation and Litigation.- Arguments for Same-Sex Marriage.- Second-Wave Theories for Third Wave Families? Feminist Perspectives on (Same-Sex) Marriage.- Of Outlaws and In-Laws: The 'Ambivalent Gift' of Legal Legitimation.- Conclusion.
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'Barker's book is the best of the lot and essential reading for anyone seriously engaged in thinking about same-sex marriage.' - Ruthann Robson, Constitutional Law Prof Blog, Law Professor Blogs Network
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About Nicola Barker

Nicola Barker is a Senior Lecturer at Kent Law School, University of Kent, UK.
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