Zombie law: conjugality, annulment and the (married) living dead

dc.contributor.authorBrook, Heather Jane
dc.date.accessioned2014-11-27T04:13:11Z
dc.date.available2014-11-27T04:13:11Z
dc.date.issued2014-04
dc.descriptionThis item is under embargo for a period of 12 months from the date of publication, in accordance with the publisher's policy. Author version will be available from May 2015. The final publication is available at Springer via http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10691-013-9246-9en
dc.description.abstractThis article deploys and extends Ulrich Beck’s critique of ‘zombie categories’ (Beck in J Consum Cult 1 (2):261–277, 2001) to consider how conjugal relationships are brought into being before the law. The argument presented here is that sexual performatives relating to marriage—and especially, in this instance, consummation—continue to produce a kind of social-legal magic, even as the social flesh of their enactment is rotting. Rules concerning annulment relating to wedding ceremonies, consent, disclosure, and consummation demonstrate that certain frameworks of conjugality involve a kind of corporeal magic animating the privileged place of heterosexual marriage. Thus, rules and regulations pertaining to weddings continue to produce and protect heterogendered, sexually dimorphous bodies, even though this privileging is—or at least, is becoming—socially obsolete.en
dc.identifier.citationBrook, H. (2014). Zombie law: conjugality, annulment and the (married) living dead. Feminist Legal Studies, 22(1) pp. 49-66.en
dc.identifier.doihttps://doi.org/10.1007/s10691-013-9246-9en
dc.identifier.issn0966-3622
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/2328/35138
dc.language.isoen
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dc.publisherSpringer Verlagen
dc.rightsCopyright (2013) Springer Verlag.en
dc.rights.holderSpringer Verlag.en
dc.titleZombie law: conjugality, annulment and the (married) living deaden
dc.typeArticleen
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