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Cultural Logics of American Marriage: Paths of Lesser and Greater Resistance. LIB 100 / 201 APPROVED!

Date and Time

Friday, April 13, 2018
1:00 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.


  • Kindschi Hall of Science


The GVSU Department of Sociology presents:


Cultural Logics of American Marriage: Paths of Lesser and Greater Resistance


Alison R. Moss

Department of Sociology, University of Illinois, Chicago


Friday, April 13

1:00 – 2:15 PM

1101 P. Douglas Kindschi Hall of Science


LIB 100 / 201 APPROVED!


While there has been a lot of research on marriage, existing scholarship lacks a cultural analysis of marriage. In this talk, Alison R. Moss will discuss the cultural characteristics of marriage in the US specifically at a time when marriage rights have been hotly contested as a result of the Marriage Equality movement. Moss’ oral history research allowed individuals in long-term intimate relationships that do not include marriage to look back at their lives and recall times in which intimate relationships, dating, sex, and marriage were not only marked experiences but also to consider from where they learned how to form intimate relationships that could lead to marriage. Her findings suggest that there exists a distinct, American, marriage culture through which children (and later, adults) are taught to participate “properly.” Moss finds that the most meaningful messages that Americans learn about marriage and intimate relationships are taught by individuals’ parents, peers, and through mass media.


This event is free and open to the public.




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