Queering Marriage: Challenging Family Formation in the United States


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Rutgers University Press
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5.5 X 8.5 X 0.48 inches | 0.6 pounds

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About the Author

KATRINA KIMPORT is an associate professor in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences and a research sociologist with the Advancing New Standards in Reproductive Health (ANSIRH) program of the Bixby Center for Global Reproductive Health at the University of California, San Francisco. Her research examines the (re)production of social inequality, with a particular focus on gender, health, and reproduction. She is the author of No Real Choice: How Culture and Politics Matter for Reproductive (Rutgers University Press) and coauthor of Digitally Enabled Social Change. She is the coauthor of Digitally Enabled Social Change.


"This very interesting, informative, and well-written book presents many fascinating interviews, and provides a window on one of the most contested subjects in the U.S. today. Essential."
"Queering Marriage is remarkable for its highly thoughtful insights into the real meaning of same-sex marriage. By telling the compelling stories of same-sex couples who participated in marriage ceremonies that played a powerful role in the movement toward marriage equality, sociologist Katrina Kimport brilliantly adjudicates competing contemporary views regarding the influence of same-sex marriage on both 'traditional marriage' and the gay and lesbian community. This beautifully written book is a must-read for any serious scholar of family, gender, sexuality, and social movements."--Brian Powell "Indiana University "
"Queering Marriage is a careful, fair, and compelling analysis of how same-sex couples navigate the multiple and often conflicting meanings of marriage; impressive, tidy, and accessible, it will also appeal to an audience unfamiliar with sociology."--Jaye Cee Whitehead "author of The Nuptial Deal: Same-Sex Marriage and Neo-Liberal Governance "
"A smart, sensitive account of what marriage meant to, and did for, San Francisco's 'Winter of Love' participants, Queering Marriage demonstrates how same-sex marriages subvert heteronormativity even as they shore it up."--Joshua Gamson "University of San Francisco "
"Queering Marriage contributes to the gay marriage debate by showcasing the power of empirical research to offer answers to assimilation versus social change arguments. An incisive story about the power of heteronormativity to validate or invalidate, legitimate or delegitimize, samesex relationships."--Gender and Society
"Queering Marriage provides a compelling look into experiences of same-sex couples who married during San Francisco's Winter of Love. Kimport skillfully weaves history, theory, and lived experiences to present a thoughtful analysis that attends to the complexities of same-sex marriage as both a social and political issue. It is a recommended read for anyone interested in the politics of same-sex marriage activism and practice in the United States."--Journal of Homosexuality
"Queering Marriage shares stories about the impact of marriage on men and women who, though often cognizant of the transitory legality of their marriages, testified to the ways that it changed their lives. Kimport masterfully analyzes the meanings of marriage to these women and men as a way to gauge its transformative potential."--American Journal of Sociology
"This well-written and thoughtful book provides a unique window into the experiences of same-sex Americans married in this remarkable moment. The joy and love the participants felt at the time is palpable in Kimport's quotes, and she does a masterful job of weaving in descriptors of the respondents and their experiences and opinions into her analysis."--Social Forces
"Kimport's book provides a valuable record of the on-the-ground persepctives of participants in an iconic historical moment."--Mobilization