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Todorof, Maria Borisof, Foucault and the Poster-Child for Conformism or the Cost of Identity in the Same-Sex Marriage Context (August 21, 2013). Available at SSRN: or

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The paper discusses the reconciliation between state and same-sex marriage which it is suggested could be seen as employment of a progressive agenda for the purposes of shepherding new subjects into the system of normativity and control which family is. The promise of allegiance inherent into sanctioned by society enterprises, a promise coming as much from the hetero as it comes from the homosexual community, creates a dynamic contributing to compliance. Foucault’s ideas are used here to highlight the possible cost attached to this trade-off.

Keywords: Foucault, same-sex marriage, Butler, queer theory, power and control, normativity, identity, manipulation

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