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Discourse, Identity, and Social Change in the Marriage Equality Debates

Karen Tracy


This book examines the identity-work of judges and attorneys in state supreme courts as they debated the legality of existing marriage laws. Exchanges in state appellate courts are juxtaposed with the talk that occurred between citizens and elected officials in legislative hearings considering whether to revise state marriage laws. The book makes visible how the court and legislative talk constructed (1) the identities of speakers, (2) the identities of the spoken-to parties, and (3) the identities of the spoken-about parties. The book’s analysis spans 10 years, beginning with the US Supreme C ... More

Keywords: identity, identity-work, same-sex marriage, supreme courts, legislative hearing, discourse strategies, grounded practical theory, social change, genre analysis

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780190217969
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190217969.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Karen Tracy, author
Professor and Chair of Communication, University of Colorado at Boulder

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