Series Editor 

Péter Berta, University College London, School of Slavonic and East European Studies

Series Description 

We are eager to consider original scholarship on cutting-edge themes and issues for this series. The intention of this series is to fill a gap in research by examining the politics of marriage and related practices, ideologies, and interpretations, and to address the key question of how the politics of marriage has affected social, cultural, and political processes, relations, and boundaries. The series will look at the complex relationships between the politics of marriage and gender, ethnic, national, religious, racial, and class identities, and will analyze how these relationships contribute to the development and management of social and political differences, inequalities, and conflicts. 

Forthcoming Books in the Series

(1) Joanne Payton: Honor and the Political Economy of Marriage. Violence against Women in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq

“Joanne Payton’s study is a perfect fit within the scope of the series. In Honor and the Political Economy of Marriage, Payton examines the changing relationship between the meanings of 'honor' and the patterns of violence against women in Iraqi Kurdistan. Explaining 'honor'-based violence from an analytical perspective based primarily on the anthropology of kinship and marriage rather than that of religion, Payton demonstrates, in an innovative and convincing way, why the concept of 'patriarchal violence' (frequently associated with Islam itself) should be treated critically, and how the topic of 'honor'- based violence is often used strategically in Islamophobic discourses in the West. Payton’s book also sheds light on the consequences of the widespread use of culturalization in conceptualizing and explaining 'honor'-based violence as well as in justifying and legitimizing it – highlighting the intense need for and usefulness of a less culturalizing and less religious-focused analytical approach.”

Péter Berta (an excerpt from the series foreword for Honor and the Political Economy of Marriage)

(2) Rama Srinivasan: Courting Desire. Litigating for Love in North India

"Rama Srinivasan’s book is an ethnographically rich analysis of 'court marriages' in North India. While investigating cases of elopements and 'love marriages' that are mediated through legal interventions, Srinivasan explains how the politics of consent and choice is embedded into courtroom spaces and processes and highlights how these legal interventions transform marital patterns and preferences by shaping local interpretations of an ideal marriage and choice of a marriage partner. Courting Desire is a fascinating story of a normalization contest, or, in other words, of a symbolic conflict between the value regimes of family-arranged matches and 'love marriages'. It also offers readers a nuanced insight into how the dominant patterns of citizens’ engagement with the state and its laws are changing in contemporary North India." 

Péter Berta (an excerpt from the series foreword for Courting Desire )

(3) Sara Smith:Intimate Geopolitics. Love, Territory, and the Future on India’s NorthernThreshold

"Sara Smith’s fascinatingbook is not only a good fit with the thematic scope of the series, it willcertainly also become a landmark study for quite some time to come in researchon the subtle and dynamic relationship between geopolitics, territory, body,and intimacy. In this thought-provoking and compelling analysis, Smithconvincingly demonstrates why bodies and individual decisions on intimatebodily life – marriage, birth, contraception, etc. – can acquire geopoliticalagency and significance of their own: how bodies can contribute to constructand maintain territory by affecting demographic data, discourses, processes,and the imaginaries of possible demographic futures. IntimateGeopolitics brilliantly highlights how – in the Ladakh region ofNorthern India that is characterized by intense, historically-rootedterritorial conflicts – marriage and reproductive capacity of bodies are oftenregarded as strategic and contested 'symbolic sites' (to be monitored andideologically controlled) in the course of geopolitical planning, maneuvering,and conflicts between various ethnic or religious populations. Smith’s bookoffers a path-breaking and insightful analytical framework for a deeperunderstanding of how bodily technologies of territory operate, how the body,demography, and territory intersect and shape one another, and it alsoelegantly illuminates why these technologies and interplays matter for all ofus."

Péter Berta (an excerpt from the Series Foreword for Intimate Geopolitics)

To submit a proposal for a new book in the series, please contact: 

Kimberly Guinta, Executive Editor, Rutgers University Press, 848-445-7786; and Péter Berta, Series Editor, University College London, School of Slavonic and East European Studies;  

Before submitting a manuscript, please send a brief email of inquiry summarizing your project. Visit our website for manuscript submission guidelines:

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