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Marriage: The Dream That Refuses to Die (American Ideals and Institutions) [Hardcover]

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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. 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. In this book, the late Elizabeth Fox-Genovese 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.

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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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Marriage: The Dream That Refuses to Die (American Ideals and Institutions) by Elizabeth Fox-Genovese & Sheila O'Connor-Ambrose has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
  • Christian Century - 09/23/2008 page 34
  • Library Journal - 06/15/2008 page 83
  • Booklist - 06/01/2008 page 12


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Item Specifications...


Pages   225
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 7.48" Width: 5.5" Height: 0.85"
Weight:   0.73 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   May 15, 2008
Publisher   Intercollegiate Studies Institute
Series  American Ideals And Institutions  
ISBN  1933859628  
ISBN13  9781933859620  


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More About Elizabeth Fox-Genovese & Sheila O'Connor-Ambrose


Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Elizabeth Fox-Genovese (1941 2007) was the Eleonore Raoul Professor of History at Emory University, where she was also the founding director of the Institute for Women s Studies. She received the National Humanities Medal from President Bush in 2003, was a member of the Governing Council of the National Endowment for the Humanities, and was a recipient of the Cardinal Wright Award from the Fellowship of Catholic Scholars. Her books include "Women and the Future of the Family"; "Reconstructing History: The Emergence of a Historical Society" (coedited with Elisabeth Lasch-Quinn); and " Feminism Is Not the Story of My Life: How the Elite Women s Movement Has Lost Touch with Women s Real Concerns.
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Elizabeth Fox-Genovese was born in 1941 and died in 2007 and has an academic affiliation as follows - Emory University Emory University, Atlanta Emory University, Atlanta E.

Elizabeth Fox-Genovese has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Modern Southern Classics


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Highly recommended for any collection dedicated to relationships  Jul 7, 2008
The rise of feminism, equal rights, and sexual liberation has had side effects that many do not view as wholly positive. "Marriage: The Dream that Refuses to Die" looks at the decomposition of one of the world's oldest institutions. Arguing that there is a possibility that the concept of marriage may eventually become a thing of the past, author Elizabeth Fox-Genovese's examination of the topic is thorough and knowledgeable, sure to grant readers all her wisdom on the subject. "Marriage: The Dream that Refuses to Die" is highly recommended for any collection dedicated to relationships.
 

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