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White Weddings: Romancing Heterosexuality in Popular Culture

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Publisher Comments:

From sitcoms and soap operas to talk shows and movies, Americans are in love with the idea of a white wedding. The happy bride and groom smile from the covers of fashion and entertainment magazines, and appear in TV commercials to sell everything from life insurance to antacid. Fascinated by this national obsession, Chrys Ingraham peers behind the veil to question the meaning of weddings in American popular culture.

What she finds is nothing less than a wedding industrial complex. The wedding industry does a thriving business with annual revenues in excess of 30 billion dollars. The average cost of a wedding is over $19,000, with 2.4 million couples getting married each year. White Weddings is the first book to investigate the underside of this recession-proof industry, exposing how weddings are used to sell a heterosexual fairy tale.

Ingraham draws on popular media, such as bridal magazines, children's toys, feature films, television, and advertising to reveal how they regulate gender, sexuality, race, and class. Weddings mean more than just flowers and flatware, but are part of a belief system that relies on romantic and sacred notions of heterosexuality to maintain the illusion of normalcy. This entertaining and insightful book will make you think twice about ever wanting to catch the bouquet.

Synopsis:

Peering behind the veil to question the meaning of weddings in American popular culture, Ingraham finds nothing less than a wedding industrial complex with annual revenues in excess of 30 billion dollars. 20 photos.

Synopsis:

Weddings mean more than just flowers and flatware, but are part of a belief system that relies on romantic and sacred notions of heterosexuality to maintain the illusion of normalcy. This entertaining and insightful book will make you think twice about ever wanting to catch the bouquet.

Description:

Includes bibliographical references (p. [189]-199) and index.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780415918404
Subtitle:
Romancing Heterosexuality in Popular Culture
Author:
Ingraham, Chrys
Author:
Ingraham Chrys
Publisher:
Routledge
Location:
New York :
Subject:
Weddings
Subject:
Marriage
Subject:
Mass media
Subject:
Sociology - Marriage & Family
Subject:
Customs & Traditions
Subject:
Marriage customs and rites
Subject:
Heterosexuality
Subject:
Heterosexuality -- United States.
Subject:
Weddings in popular culture -- United States.
Subject:
Weddings in popular culture
Subject:
Popular Culture - General
Subject:
Mass Media - General
Subject:
Media Studies
Edition Description:
Includes bibliographical references.
Publication Date:
July 1999
Binding:
Paperback
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
224
Dimensions:
8.04x8.04x.57 in. .96 lbs.

Related Subjects

History and Social Science » American Studies » Popular Culture
History and Social Science » Sociology » Children and Family
History and Social Science » Sociology » General

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Product details 224 pages Routledge - English 9780415918404 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , Peering behind the veil to question the meaning of weddings in American popular culture, Ingraham finds nothing less than a wedding industrial complex with annual revenues in excess of 30 billion dollars. 20 photos.
"Synopsis" by , Weddings mean more than just flowers and flatware, but are part of a belief system that relies on romantic and sacred notions of heterosexuality to maintain the illusion of normalcy. This entertaining and insightful book will make you think twice about ever wanting to catch the bouquet.
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