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Family and minimal marriage
Author/s: Vera Tripodi 
Year:  2013 Issue: 47 Language: Italian 
Pages:  14 Pg. 39-52 FullText PDF:  9997 KB
DOI:  10.3280/LAS2013-047004
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The present article examines a recent proposal defended by Elizabeth Brake of a new and innovative form of marriage, that she labels «minimal marriage». According to Brake, the current marital laws are discriminatory as they are grounded on «heteronormativity», namely the idea that the dyadic heterosexual marriages are the family norm and the only model that is worth of social recognition, and «amatonormativity», the idea that the only dyadic intimate relationships involving romantic love are the nucleus of the family. In the first part of the article, I show that dyadic monogamous relationships are essentially a form of adult caring relationship. In the second part, I analyse how the reform of the marriage laws (in minimal terms proposed by Brake) allow other forms of caring relationship to receive social and institutional recognition.

Vera Tripodi, Family and minimal marriage in "SOCIETÀ DEGLI INDIVIDUI (LA)" 47/2013, pp. 39-52, DOI:10.3280/LAS2013-047004


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