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Not The Marrying Kind: A Feminist Critique of Same-Sex Marriage
A comprehensive exploration of current same-sex marriage debates in Australia, Canada, South Africa, the UK and the US, providing a critical analysis of the institution of marriage asking whether and how feminist critiques might apply to same-sex marriage and combining theories of second wave feminism with insights from contemporary queer theory.
Hardcover, 231 pages
Published April 15th 2012 by Palgrave Macmillan
(first published February 23rd 2012)
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A competent, well-sourced, proudly second-wave attack on the institution of marriage, with marriage equality in particular not exempted. Barker is a UK-based legal theorist, which affects her sociology and to some extent her sourcing (the Leeds Revolutionary Feminist Group shows up a fair bit; US legal precedent, not so much). There's nothing particularly groundbreaking here, but it's good to have such a clear overview of the radical critiques ready to hand.