Associate Professor of Sociology Yvonne Zylan presented a paper at the Law and Society Association's annual meetings held in San Francisco, June 2-5. The theme of the conference was "Oceans Apart? Narratives of (Il)Legality in Liminal Spaces."
Zylan’s paper titled "Soldiers and Mothers Revisited: Same Sex Marriage, 'Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,' and Legal Discourses of Inclusion" was part of a panel called The Power of Existing Popular and Legal Frames. The paper examined contemporary efforts by lesbian, gay and bisexual social movement organizations to achieve inclusion in the military and in civil marriage in light of research in political sociology that offers a critical perspective on notions of citizenship that turn on conceptions of morality and service.
The Law and Society Association, founded in 1964, is a group of scholars from many fields and countries, interested in the place of law in social, political, economic and cultural life. Members bring training in law, sociology, political science, psychology, anthropology, economics, and history as well as in other related areas to the study of sociolegal phenomena.
Among its activities, the Association publishes the Law & Society Review, sponsors annual conferences and educational workshops, and fosters the development of academic programs in law and society around the world. For students and new scholars, the Association encourages participation in its workshops and mentorship program.