Conjugality: Marriage and Marriage-Like Relationships Before the Law
ISBN: 1349537268
EAN13: 9781349537266
Language: English
Pages: 257
Edition: 2007
Format: Paperback

Conjugality: Marriage and Marriage-Like Relationships Before the Law

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Book Overview
This book explores the regulation of intimate relationships today. It uses fascinating and at times salacious material as well as historical and contemporary legal-political sources. Addressing questions ranging from whether a virgin can be a party to adultery, to whether a man can be a wife each chapter deals with changing themes of conjugality.
Editor Reviews
From the Back Cover Conjugal Rites explores the legal shape of marriage as it has been determined by countless decisions concerning entry and exit into the ancient rite. Heather Brook examines the countless rules and protocols governing marriage that make it valid in the eyes of the law. She argues that the various sexual performatives associated with marriage can establish, reinforce, or rupture conjugal unity while exploring the historical and politcal regulations and prohibitions marriage has faced. Brook unites past and present, public and private, to investigate the changing meanings and effects of conjugality, and challenge the way we think about sex, gender and relationships.