Performing marriage: Marriage renewal rituals as cultural performance

Leslie A. Baxter, Dawn O. Braithwaite

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Abstract

This interpretive study examined how the marriage renewal ritual reflects the social construction of marriage in the U.S. Two culturally prominent ideologies of marriage were interwoven in our interviews of 25 married persons who had renewed their marriage vows: (a) a dominant ideology of community and (b) a more muted ideology of individualism. The ideology of community was evidenced by a construction of marriage featuring themes of public accountability, social embeddedness, and permanence. By contrast, the ideology of individualism constructed marriage around themes of love, choice, and individual growth.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)94-109
Number of pages16
JournalSouthern Communication Journal
Volume67
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 1 2002

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Communication

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