Rights of Love: the State and Intimate Relationships in Canada and the United States

Rights of Love: the State and Intimate Relationships in Canada and the United States

Rights of Love: the State and Intimate Relationships in Canada and the United States

Rights of Love: the State and Intimate Relationships in Canada and the United Statess

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Harder, Lois. 2007. «Rights of Love: the State and Intimate Relationships in Canada and the United States ». Social Politics: International Studies in Gender, State and Society, vol. 14, no 2, p. 155-181.

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1. Objectifs


Intentions :
« I explore the implications of Canadian and American regulative regimes for one’s freedom to claim or reject the benefits and obligations that result from one’s intimate relationships. » (p. 157)

2. Méthode


Type de traitement des données :
Analyse de contenu

3. Résumé


After briefly outlining the constitutional framework that shapes the legal regimes surrounding intimate relationships in Canada and the United States, I will outline recent developments in relationship recognition in Canada—developments that have emphasized function over for (Fineman 1999, 1211). These developments can be seen as an extension of relationship ascription practices that used to be reserved solely for poor women receiving income support. I will then consider the very different policy trajectory followed in the United States, where the promotion of heterosexual marriage has taken pride of place. Here the emphasis is on form, rather than function, and we see a continuation of the long established practice of extending bourgeois marriage norms from the middle class to the poor. [...] On the basis of this discussion, I will then consider what these very different national and subnational responses to the recognition of intimate relationships suggest about autonomy/freedom and the significance of intimate relationships to governing projects. » (p. 159) Furthermore, the author discusses about some specificities of Quebec, such as nationalism, catholic religion, civil law, etc. and how it affect the issue of relationship’s recognition. He also discusses the issue of children and the way they influence intimate relationships.