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Law lecturer wins prestigious book prize

Not The Marrying Kind: A Feminist Critique of Same-Sex MarriageA University of Kent law lecturer has won a prestigious legal book prize for her feminist critique of same-sex marriage.

Dr Nicola Barker, of the University's Kent Law School, won the annual SLSA-Hart Socio-Legal Book Prize for her book, Not The Marrying Kind: A Feminist Critique of Same-Sex Marriage. It was judged to be the most outstanding piece of socio-legal scholarship published in the UK during the 12 months prior to 30 September 2012.

Not The Marrying Kind provides a comprehensive exploration of the same-sex marriage debates in several countries, including Australia, Canada, South Africa, the United Kingdom and the United States.

Dr Barker, who received the prize at the Socio-Legal Studies Association's (SLSA) annual conference in March, said: ‘I’m delighted to have had my book recognised in this way by the SLSA.

'The issues the book deals with, especially its analysis and critique of the institutions of marriage and civil partnership, are particularly relevant to current debates on same-sex marriage in a number of countries.

'The feminist perspectives on these debates are often silenced and the nuance of the feminist critiques of marriage lost as those who advocate for same-sex marriage and those who oppose it in order to protect so-called 'traditional' marriage define the terms of the public debate.'

Dr Barker is a Senior Lecturer within Kent Law School. She teaches family law and public law. Not The Marrying Kind: A Feminist Critique of Same-Sex Marriage was published by Palgrave Macmillan in February 2012.

The Socio-Legal Studies Association aims to 'advance education and learning and in particular to advance research, teaching and the dissemination of knowledge in the field of socio-legal studies'.


Story published at 1:38pm 17 April 2013

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Last Updated: 09/05/2013