Wednesday, October 10, 2012

No Lunch Chat this Week

However, I noted this lunchtime talk sponsored by the Department of Sociology and Anthropology that sounds fascinating. I would encourage you to attend:

Michael Yarbrough, Yale University

"I Now Pronounce You: Law and the Making of Marriage in Two South African Communities"

Thursday, October 11th
12pm, Willard Smith Library (VL 125), Lunch will be provided

South Africa is one of the growing number of places around the world where same-sex marriages are now recognized by the state. Among these, it is the only place that has also recently expanded its marriage-recognition laws to a second social group: those living under indigenous or "customary" law. In this talk, Yarbrough will draw on two years of fieldwork among LGBT and indigenous South African communities to compare the different ways people understand what state marital recognition means to them. By doing so, he will propose new ways of conceptualizing how law can influence the meanings of marriage, in South Africa and beyond.