Monday, July 2, 2012

New Release: Loving v. Virginia in a Post-Racial World

New from Cambridge University Press: Loving v. Virginia in a Post-Racial World: Rethinking Race, Sex, and Marriage, edited by Kevin Noble Maillard (Syracuse University) and Rose Cuison Villazor (Hofstra University). Here's the publisher's description:
In 1967, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that laws prohibiting interracial marriage were unconstitutional in Loving vs. Virginia. Although this case promotes marital freedom and racial equality, there are still significant legal and social barriers to the free formation of intimate relationships. Marriage continues to be the sole measure of commitment, mixed relationships continue to be rare, and same-sex marriage is only legal in 6 out of 50 states. Most discussion of Loving celebrates the symbolic dismantling of marital discrimination. This book, however, takes a more critical approach to ask how Loving has influenced the "loving" of America. How far have we come since then, and what effect did the case have on individual lives?
LHB readers may be particularly interested in Part II: Historical Antecedents to Loving:
2. The 'love' of Loving, by Jason A. Gillmer
3. Loving in Indian territory: tribal miscegenation law in historical perspective, by Carla Pratt
4. American mestizo: Filipinos and antimiscegenation laws in California, by Leti Volpp
5. Perez vs. Sharp and the limits of Loving: race, marriage, and citizenship reconsidered, by R. A. Lenhardt 
The full TOC is available here.

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