Marriage: the dream that refuses to die

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ISI Books,
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[2008]
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English
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Nearly everywhere and at all times, marriage has enjoyed a privileged status as the primary social unit--the essential bond that created alliances between families and a bridge between the sexes. In joining a man and woman, marriage attempted to hold men to collective social standards, including responsibility for the women they impregnated and the children they fathered, while also stringently hedging in women's sexuality. In short, marriage has always demanded that both men and women sacrifice a considerable measure of individual freedom. In marriage, "I" becomes "we," and "we" frequently extends beyond the couple to extended family, clan, and society. For these reasons, both political and religious authorities typically have taken great care to present marriage as an institution to which individual interests must be subordinated. At the time of her death in January 2007, the celebrated historian Elizabeth Fox-Genovese was worried that these attitudes were in the process of being reversed. In this book, which she was in the midst of preparing for publication at the time of her passing, she argues that marriage is disintegrating under the rising demands that it serve not the good of the whole but the desires of the individual. A union that at one point was used to limit individual "rights" is now claimed as one right among many. The sexual liberation movements of the last forty years have seriously undermined marriage, argues Fox-Genovese, so much so that the institution seems to face the threat of extinction. Even so, she writes, "Marriage for love--the promise of an enduring and engulfing bond between a man and a woman--is a dream that refuses to die. . . . It still promises that we will finally be loved as we long to be loved." That dream is the ultimate theme of this book, a fitting coda to Elizabeth Fox-Genovese's distinguished career.
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ils:.b49686410BookBooksEnglishISI Books, [2008]xxii, 191 pages ; 20 cm.
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subject_facetFamilies -- Religious aspects -- Christianity
Families -- United States
Marriage -- Religious aspects -- Christianity
Marriage -- United States
Same-sex marriage -- Religious aspects -- Christianity
title_displayMarriage : the dream that refuses to die
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Marriage
Religious aspects
Same-sex marriage