Series Editor 

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

p.berta@ucl.ac.uk


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. 
See: https://www.rutgersuniversitypress.org/series/the-politics-of-marriage-and-gender-global-issues-in-local-contexts/list

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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 Northern Threshold

"Sara Smith’s fascinating book is not only a good fit with the thematic scope of the series, it will certainly also become a landmark study for quite some time to come in research on the subtle and dynamic relationship between geopolitics, territory, body, and intimacy. In this thought-provoking and compelling analysis, Smith convincingly demonstrates why bodies and individual decisions on intimate bodily life – marriage, birth, contraception, etc. – can acquire geopolitical agency and significance of their own: how bodies can contribute to construct and maintain territory by affecting demographic data, discourses, processes, and the imaginaries of possible demographic futures. Intimate Geopolitics brilliantly highlights how – in the Ladakh region of Northern India that is characterized by intense, historically-rooted territorial conflicts – marriage and reproductive capacity of bodies are often regarded as strategic and contested 'symbolic sites' (to be monitored and ideologically controlled) in the course of geopolitical planning, maneuvering, and conflicts between various ethnic or religious populations. Smith’s book offers a path-breaking and insightful analytical framework for a deeper understanding of how bodily technologies of territory operate, how the body, demography, and territory intersect and shape one another, and it also elegantly illuminates why these technologies and interplays matter for all of us."

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

(4) Hui Liu – Corinne Reczek – Lindsey Wilkinson (eds.): Marriage and Health. The Well-Being of Same-Sex Couples

"Marriage and Health: The Well-Being of Same-Sex Couples is an original, path-breaking, and stimulating volume, examining various dimensions of the health and well-being of individuals in same-sex unions (legal marriage, civil unions, cohabitation, and so on). Demonstrating and insightfully analyzing contemporary opportunities, challenges, and constraints faced by same-sex unions, the chapters cover a wide range of timely and underexplored topics such as minority stress experienced by same-sex couples prior to the legalization of same-sex marriage; the association between same-sex union status and adult mortality risk; health care access; lesbian couples’ experiences of childbirth and (gendered) parental identities; and the likelihood of dissolution for gay and lesbian couples. The novelty of this volume derives, on the one hand, from the new theoretical perspectives and newly available population-based data used, and, on the other, from the fact that the authors investigate not only same-sex marriage and civil unions but also dating and cohabiting relationships as well as same-sex sexual experiences outside of relationships. This volume is a landmark study in a relatively new and growing area of research, and also offers nuanced critical perspectives on how some key systems in the wider context of same-sex unions – such as health care and the law – work and how individuals can or cannot navigate within “institutional mazes” relating to these systems. Consequently, the new research findings presented in this volume will certainly have far-reaching policy implications for the health of sexual minorities – making these chapters essential reading not only for academics but also for practitioners and policy makers."

Péter Berta (an excerpt from the Series Foreword for Marriage and Health)

(5) Rebecca Joubin: Mediating the Uprising. Narratives of Gender and Marriage in Syrian Television Drama

"Mediating the Uprising is a unique, insightful, and thought-provoking summary of why and how metaphors of marriage and gender are used strategically in post-revolutionary Syrian television drama. The chapters brilliantly outline how (the subculture of) post-uprising television miniseries can mediate – through staging and framing the themes of love, sexuality, and marriage – political critique of the state and current power relations; social critique of the ethics of sociability amidst war and bloodshed; and, finally, a cultural critique of certain gender and marital roles and identities. Mediating the Uprising offers an excellent insight not only into the dynamics of (narrative, value-based) conflicts between the political regime and the opposition, but also into how the politics of nostalgia, fatherhood, and masculinity work; how various (often contesting) interpretations and visions of the nation’s past and future are negotiated; and how cultural forms and mechanisms of everyday resistance against oppression are deployed in contemporary Syrian society. Using the lens of marriage and gender, the ultimate aim of Joubin’s nuanced and impressive monograph is to demonstrate and analyze continuities and discontinuities in Syrian television drama, politics, and society – convincingly highlighting (via investigating, among other things, seven seasons of drama, press releases, anecdotes, and interviews) how art and the drama creators themselves are involved in shaping the ongoing public debate on the meanings and consequences of the 2011 Syrian revolution." 

Péter Berta (an excerpt from the Series Foreword for Mediating the Uprising )


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

Kimberly Guinta, Executive Editor, Rutgers University Press, 848-445-7786; Kimberly.Guinta@rutgers.edu and Péter Berta, Series Editor, University College London, School of Slavonic and East European Studies; p.berta@ucl.ac.uk  

Before submitting a manuscript, please send a brief email of inquiry summarizing your project. Visit our website for manuscript submission guidelines: https://www.rutgersuniversitypress.org/author-toolkit

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