First published in 1999. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.
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Chrys Ingraham is Associate Professor of Sociology at Russell Sage College for Women in Troy. She is Co-director of the Allies Center for the Study of Difference and Conflict and Co- director of the Helen M. Upton Center for Women's Studies. She is co-editor of Materialist Feminism: A Reader in Class, Difference, and Women's Lives (Routledge, 1997).Review:
Anyone who finds the idyllic ending 'And they lived happily ever after' worthy of a good eye-rolling and a dose of cynicism will savor reading Chrys Ingraham's new book, White Weddings: Romancing Heterosexuality in Popular Culture. Written from a sociological perspective, Ingraham 'lifts the veil' on the wedding industry and systematically rips apart the classist, racist, and heterosexist seams holding this outfit together. -- Cultural Studies
The strength of Ingraham's works lies with her talent as a limber critic, as she always matches method to question and the personal to the political. White Weddings offers more than isolated critiques of race, class, gender, and media politics. Instead, the author fluidly integrates her arguments, showing the process by which these contexts mutually affect and confound one another through both the discursive and material practices of society's most recognized ritual. -- Cultural Studies
An interesting look at the institution of marriage...This book probably won't be on the must-read lists of most brides and grooms to be, but it is an interesting look at the institution of marriage. Or, rather the industry of marriage as the author emphasizes in her clear-eyed view of weddings...Ingraham, an associate professor of sociology at Russell Sage College, tears away the veil of fantasy and takes a hard look at bridal magazines, religion, the garment industry, the media, and just plain capitalism, and how they all figure into this tradition. -- Los Angeles Times
A brilliant (and fun!) look at the institution/industry of marriage in the late-twentieth-century United States. -- Sojourner: The Women's Forum
Chrys Ingraham is alarmed. We've been brainwashed, she argues in her new book White Weddings. The sociology professor writes about how weddings have more to do these days with marketing and economics than with spirituality and reality. -- Chicago Sun Times
By looking closely at one of our society's most popular, yet unexamined, cultural rituals, Ingraham advances an understanding of the impact of the social construction of heterosexuality as a dominant institution. Anyone seeking to understand gender and sexuality as they interface with race and class in the US and what happens to those who step out of line must read this informative study. -- Charlotte Bunch, Executive Director, Center for Women's Global Leadership, Rutgers University
In this original and provocative book, Ingraham pierces the glossy surface of the wedding to reveal a logic of heterosexual domination. This is a pioneering text in the new field of critical heterosexual studies. -- Steven Seidman, author of Embattled Eros: Sexual Politics and Ethics in Contemporary America
Ingraham's topic is a fascinating one...Recommended for use in...Marriage and Family and Gender classes, as well as for your own reading pleasure. It is well-written, interesting and insightful. I learned a lot from it and I am exceedingly pleased that my students did as well. -- Contemporary Sociology
Delicious. Chrys Ingraham is Martha Stewart's nightmare--finally! Her mission is to debunk, dethrone, and of course, defrock that blushing bride and handsome groom. For anyone who's ever wondered what the fuss is all about, White Weddings is a must read. -- Kate Bornstein, author of Gender Outlaw and My Gender Workbook
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Book Description Routledge, 1999. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M0415918391