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The Nuptial Deal: Same-Sex Marriage and Neo-Liberal Governance
Since the 1990s, gay and lesbian civil rights organizations have increasingly focused on the right of same-sex couples to marry, which represents a major change from earlier activists’ rejection of the institution. Centering on the everyday struggles, feelings, and thought of marriage equality activists, The Nuptial Deal explores this shift and its connections to the trans ...more
Paperback, 208 pages
Published December 12th 2011 by University Of Chicago Press
(first published November 1st 2011)
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This fascinating ethnography of the marriage equality movement argues that lesbian and gay couples make a "nuptial deal," in which they seek the right to recognition, privacy, and the right to care for each other in exchanged for the terms of neoliberal governance. The book does a good job articulating my concerns with marriage (for anyone), and especially way the US treats the married differently than other family forms and single, and also the ways extending marriage comes at the expense of a ...more
Assistant Professor of Sociology in the Department of Sociology at Pacific University in Forest Grove Oregon.More about Jaye Cee Whitehead...