A Critical Lens on Marriage Promotion

A Critical Lens on Marriage Promotion Sex Roles (2013) 68:517–519 DOI 10.1007/s11199-012-0238-z BOOK REVIEW One Marriage Under God: The Campaign to Promote Marriage in America. By Melanie Heath, New York, New York University Press, 2012. 260 pp. $24.00 (paperback) ISBN: 978-0-8147-3713-2 Justin A. Lavner Published online: 10 November 2012 Springer Science+Business Media New York 2012 In 1996, President Bill Clinton authorized the Personal Re- beginning in February 2004, includes fieldwork on the cam- sponsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act, intro- paign to ban same-sex marriage in the United States and, most ducing sweeping changes to the United States’ welfare reform importantly, observations from marriage workshops funded laws. The legislation ended federal welfare benefits to poor by the American government. She interweaves historical, families, instead prioritizing job preparation and work pro- political, and feminist perspectives alongside this qualitative grams as part of the Temporary Assistance to Needy Families data, offering a rich perspective on these programs that is (TANF) funds (p. 2). It also sanctioned marriage promotion as grounded in theory and real-life experiences. The broader an acceptable use of these funds (p. 2), with the purpose of social context forms the basis of her inquiry and provides a “assisting needy families so that children can http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Sex Roles Springer Journals

A Critical Lens on Marriage Promotion

Sex Roles , Volume 68 (8) – Nov 10, 2012

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