Cultural Logics of American Marriage: Paths of Lesser and Greater Resistance. LIB 100 / 201 APPROVED!
Date and TimeFriday, April 13, 2018
1:00 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.
- Kindschi Hall of Science
- 1101 P. Douglas Kindschi Hall of Science
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.
Laurel Westbrook, firstname.lastname@example.org, 616-331-3198 or Joel Stillerman, email@example.com, 616-331-3129
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