Domestic Tensions, National Anxieties: Global Perspectives on Marriage, Crisis, and Nation by Kristin CelelloDomestic Tensions, National Anxieties: Global Perspectives on Marriage, Crisis, and Nation by Kristin Celello

Domestic Tensions, National Anxieties: Global Perspectives on Marriage, Crisis, and Nation

EditorKristin Celello, Hanan Kholoussy

Paperback | March 9, 2016

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Since the late nineteenth century, fears that marriage is in crisis have reverberated around the world. This volume explores this phenomenon, asking why people of various races, classes, and nations frequently seem to be fretting about marriage. Each of the chapters analyzes a specific timeand place during which proclamations of marriage crisis have dominated public discourse, whether in late imperial Russia, 1920s India, mid-century France, or present-day Iran. Collectively, the chapters reveal how diverse individuals have deployed the institution of marriage to talk not only aboutintimate relationships, but also to understand the nation, its problems, and various socioeconomic and political transformations.
Kristin Celello is Associate Professor of History at Queens College, City University of New York, and the author of Making Marriage Work: A History of Marriage and Divorce in the Twentieth-Century United States. Hanan Kholoussy is an Associate Professor of History at The American University in Cairo and the author of For Better, For Wo...
Title:Domestic Tensions, National Anxieties: Global Perspectives on Marriage, Crisis, and NationFormat:PaperbackDimensions:296 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.68 inPublished:March 9, 2016Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Kristin Celello and Hanan Kholoussy: Introduction, "Domestic Tensions, National Anxieties: Global Perspectives on Marriage, Crisis, and Nation"1. Barbara Alpern Engel: "Marital Choice and Marital Crisis in Late Imperial Russia"2. Erica M. Windler: "Marriage, Manumission, and Morality in Turn-of-the-Century Rio de Janeiro"3. Nancy F. Cott: "Marriage Crisis and All That Jazz"4. Ishita Pande: "Marriage and Minority: The Indian Nation, the Muslim Question, and the Child Marriage Restraint Act of 1929"5. Tin Tin Htun: "Mixed Marriage in Colonial Burma: National Identity and Nationhood at Risk"6. Elke E. Stockreiter: "Materialism, Contention, and Rebellion: The Changing Demands on Marriage in Colonial Zanzibar"7. Rebecca J. Pulju: "Finding a Grand Amour in Marriage in Postwar France"8. Ke Li and Sara L. Friedman: "Wedding Marriage to the Nation-State in Modern China: Legal Consequences for Divorce, Property, and Women's Rights"9. Nwando Achebe: "Woman-to-Woman, Polyandrous, and Child Marriage: Expressions and Contestations of Marriage Rights in Colonial and Independent Nigeri"10. Amy Motlagh: "What Kind of Crisis? Marriage and Masculinity in Contemporary Iranian Cinema"11. Jeff Kingston: "Marriage and Family in Crisis in Contemporary Japan"12. Rania Salem: "Imagined Crises: Assessing Evidence of Delayed Marriage and Never-Marriage in Contemporary Egypt"

Editorial Reviews

"The global sweep of the essays in this collection makes it an invaluable addition to accounts of marriage, gender, and nation-states. Motivated by the notion of 'crisis' in marriage in different parts of the world, the volume probes the precarity of this institution, so fundamental to humansociality the world over. At the same time the differences in the nature of the crisis explored in each essay is a salutary reminder against positing a set of homogeneous assumptions about marriage. At a time when moral panics about gender are as ubiquitous as are discourses about the rights ofwomen and sexual minorities, this volume is very timely in giving readers a broad historical overview of concerns that have shaped the institution globally. Methodologically varied and rigorous, this volume highlights the value of being attuned to questions of globalization and historicaldifference." --Rochona Majumdar, author of Marriage and Modernity: Family Values in Colonial Bengal