The Meaning of Marriage

In this reflection, I explore The Meaning of Marriage by Martha Albertson Fineman. Finemanís work drew my attention owing to her delicate approach on a topic considered open by many but characterized by lots of confusion. Marriage is a widely spoken topic. Despite its openness, it has attracted a lot of attention, especially with societal dynamics. Fineman puts marriage in various categories: a social institution, a political organization, individualized arrangement, a legal entity, among others. Evolution of the meaning of marriage has led to more questions arising on the meaning of marriage.

Finemanís ideas of marriage are not farfetched, rather, they are entrenched understanding of marriage institution evolution. Notably, the author takes some hard stances, which is uncommon in many societies. For example, Fineman believes marriage arrangement should be revised to form a lesser part of a family organization. The view contradicts many views that consider marriage as the center...