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Unhitched: Love, Marriage, and Family Values from West Hollywood to Western China

3.66  ·  Rating Details ·  89 Ratings  ·  11 Reviews
Judith Stacey, 2012 winner of the Simon and Gagnon Lifetime Achievement Award presented by the American Sociological Association.

A leading expert on the family, Judith Stacey is known for her provocative research on mainstream issues. Finding herself impatient with increasingly calcified positions taken in the interminable wars over same-sex marriage, divorce, fatherless
Hardcover, 207 pages
Published May 2nd 2011 by New York University Press
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Apr 08, 2011 Elaine rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction, marriage
This should be mandatory reading for all humans. The older I get the more I believe that the government has absolutely no business telling people who can or can't get married and that no one should be getting preferential treatment just because the "one man, one woman with 2.5 children" mode of family life works for them.

I once had a friend who saw fit to degrade my "family situation" in an argument because at the time my parents, sister and I were living with my grandmother and uncle. In that o
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May 21, 2012 Margaret Heller rated it really liked it
Shelves: anthropology
Great read. Describes several case studies of different groups--gay dads in Hollywood, polygamous families in South Africa, and matriarchal families without marriage or a real concept of fatherhood in China. The conclusion is that there is no such thing as "traditional" marriage, and what is often called that (i.e. monogamous hetereosexual couple) is actually a modern concept. There is no evidence that this model is particularly better for society, the people involved, or children. Each society ...more
Dec 26, 2012 Emily rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-for-homos
I was so into this book, weaving tales of what family, love, intimacy, and sex can look like across cultures and around the world. What I wished for was more. Not that stories of gay men in LA, poly families in South Africa, and 'walking marriages' in China aren't enough - and the author certainly talks in depth about these small universes - but I feel like there must be other, diverse stories to tell. One thing that bummed me out was the author's patter. As an academic, the book does a lot of: ...more
Mar 20, 2012 Phiremangston rated it really liked it
It's been a couple years since I read this through, but it's definitely a favorite. It's a very interesting history of relationship structures throughout history and the world, and highlights that "non-standard" relationships occur regularly in the United States, as well. It does a great job of normalizing various ways people relate to each other, taking into account different cultures and time periods as well.
Aug 26, 2011 Megan rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-library
An interesting case against the traditional marriage and for legal protection of other consensual agreements.
It includes a chapter on the fascinating Mosuo ethnic minority of South-West China and their family traditions of non-marriage and separation of domesticity/parenthood and desire.
Oct 30, 2011 M rated it liked it
This book is definitely worth reading if you question whether marriage is really necessary. I believe that different family structures are valid and acceptable. If children are involved, their well-being should be a priority no matter the family structure.
Joshunda Sanders
Feb 06, 2011 Joshunda Sanders rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
Good but not great. There's some interesting sociological data here, but very little serious discussion of single parenthood (hence, "unhitched") or even as broad a range of locations as the title suggests.
Feb 22, 2012 Selkirk rated it really liked it
Call no. HQ 75.27 S73 2011
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too much college case study, not enough reality tv.
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