publication . Other literature type . Doctoral thesis . 2015

The Normalising Power of Marriage Law: An Irish Genealogy, 1945-2010

McGowan, Deirdre;
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  • Published: 01 Apr 2015
  • Publisher: Dublin Institute of Technology
  • Country: Ireland
Abstract
Marriage law is often conceptualised as an instrument of power that illegitimately imposes the will of the State on its citizens. Paradoxically, marriage law is also offered as a route to liberation. In this thesis, I question the efficacy of this type of analysis by investigating the actual power effects of marriage law. Using Michel Foucault’s concepts of bio-power and government, and his genealogical approach to history, I identify the role played by marriage law in governing the social domain over a discrete period of Irish history. Drawing on this analysis I suggest that marriage law is part of a dense network of power relationships that cannot be reduced t...
Subjects
free text keywords: Family Law, Law and Society, Legal History, Law
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publication . Other literature type . Doctoral thesis . 2015

The Normalising Power of Marriage Law: An Irish Genealogy, 1945-2010

McGowan, Deirdre;