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  • Series: Studies in Feminist Philosophy
  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press (March 16, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0199774137
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199774135
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 6 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #665,978 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Brake's clearly argued thesis is a powerful alternative to more standard feminist views that would eliminate marriage as an institution. The author makes a very important contribution to all aspects of the current marriage debates. Highly recommended."--CHOICE


"Brake carefully examines a range of views on marriage, from conservative moralists to feminist and queer theorists, and then offers a novel and compelling proposal for legal and institutional reform. For scholars, students, and anyone interested in the current political struggle to define marriage, this book builds the case for change from its thorough critique of the moral and political foundations of marriage."--Laurie Shrage, Florida International University in Miami


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Elizabeth Brake was educated at The Universities of Oxford (B.A.) and St. Andrews (M. Litt., PhD). Since 2000 she has taught in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Calgary, Canada; in 2011-2012 is a Visiting Associate Professor at Arizona State University. She has written on the construction of parental obligations, fathers' rights and responsibilities, and political liberalism, in addition to work on marriage.

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By theottersden on March 24, 2012
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Elizabeth Brake's _Minimizing Marriage_ is one of the most interesting, well-written, and well-argued books about the future of marriage written in a long while. While there is a voluminous academic literature on same-sex marriage, surprisingly, little has been written about the disestablishment (abolition) of civil marriage (w/ the notable exception of Tamara Metz's _Untying the Knot_) and its being replaced with a more inclusive, marriage-like status that doesn't privilege monogamy, different-sex or same-sex. Brake argues that the state can and should remain in the marriage business, so to speak, provided that it has a sufficiently neutral or public reason for offering such a legal status. That reason is the promotion of care in intimate relationships that do not have to only involve two persons or be premised upon a romantic or sexual relationship. Brake is a moral and political philosopher but she writes in a manner that is not only admirably jargon-free but she also includes real-world examples that make her work less abstract than it otherwise would be and therefore, more accessible to someone who isn't trained as an analytical philosopher. In short, I couldn't recommend this book more highly for anyone who is interested in where the debate over same-sex marriage is likely to lead.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jim Meyers on July 10, 2013
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Great book. Brake writes succinctly and fits an amazing amount of information in her book. It's a fun read if you're curious about this institution.
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