American Marriage

In American Marriage, Priscilla Yamin argues that marriage is a political institution to which actors turn either to stave off or to promote change over issues of race, gender, class, or sexuality. In the political struggle, certain marriages are pushed as necessary for the good of society, while others are contested or prevented.

American Marriage
A Political Institution

Priscilla Yamin

2012 | 224 pages | Cloth $59.95
Public Policy | Political Science
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Table of Contents

List of Abbreviations
Introduction: Marriage as a Political Institution

I. HISTORICAL DEVELOPMENT
Chapter 1. The "Duties as Well as Privileges of Freedom
Chapter 2. "What Constitutes a Valid Marriage?"

II. THE LONG CULTURE WARS
Chapter 3. "Marriage Is One of the Basic Civil Rights of Man"
Chapter 4. "Marriage Is the Foundation of a Successful Society"
Chapter 5. "We're in a Battle for the Soul of the Nation"
Conclusion: "Is There Hope for the American Marriage?"

Notes
Bibliography
Index
Acknowledgments