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Discourse, Identity, and Social Change in the Marriage Equality Debates$
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Karen Tracy

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780190217969

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190217969.001.0001

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Discourse, Law, and Social Change

Discourse, Law, and Social Change

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

Karen Tracy

Oxford University Press

This final chapter begins by summarizing what has been learned about identity-work in law-making and -interpreting in the marriage equality debates. Identities at stake in these exchanges concerned gay parties, as well as the speaking judges, attorneys, citizens, and legislators. Claims developed in earlier chapters are fitted together to support a major argument about how (and why) court and legislative talk contributed to the transformation of gay identities. Then the chapter makes seven substantive and methodological proposals for future discourse and language studies. The chapter concludes with a reflective epilogue narrating what happened in American society between the end of data collection (June 2013) and when book writing finished (July 2015).

Keywords:   morality in discourse, identity-work, supreme courts, legislative hearings, identity change, marriage equality, grounded practical theory, genre analysis, membership category analysis, law as political

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