The Nuptial Deal: Same-Sex Marriage and Neo-Liberal Governance

The Nuptial Deal Same Sex Marriage and Neo Liberal Governance Since the s 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

  • Title: The Nuptial Deal: Same-Sex Marriage and Neo-Liberal Governance
  • Author: Jaye Cee Whitehead
  • ISBN: 9780226895291
  • Page: 398
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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 transSince 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 transformation of the United States from a welfare state to a neo liberal one in which families carry the burden of facing social problems Governance and marriage are now firmly entwined Fighting for access to marriage means fighting for specific legal benefits, which include everything from medical decision making and spousal immigration to lower insurance rates and taxes As Jaye Cee Whitehead makes plain, debates over the definition and purpose of marriage indicate how thoroughly neo liberalism has pervaded American culture Indeed, Whitehead concludes, the federal government s resistance to same sex marriage stems not from traditional values but from fear of exposing marriage as a form of governance rather than a natural expression of human intimacy A fresh take on the terms and stakes of the debate over same sex marriage, The Nuptial Deal is also a probing look at the difficult choices and compromises faced by activists.

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    About " Jaye Cee Whitehead "

  • Jaye Cee Whitehead

    Assistant Professor of Sociology in the Department of Sociology at Pacific University in Forest Grove Oregon.

  • 181 Comments

  • 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 [...]


  • This is a brilliant book and it is what I point people too every time I am asked why, as a lesbian, I am not particularly invested in gay marriage.


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