Following World War II many returning GIs replaced the positions of female war-time workers. As a result, many women were faced with taking boring, low paid positions. As an alternative to this grim prospect, many of these women took advantage of the influx of returning GI bachelors and subsequent demand for wives, and began getting married and starting families, thus beginning the 'baby boom.' As a result, stereotypes were created to explain why some people chose to remain single and the conditions they supposedly faced. These stereotypes were beliefs held to explain the deviants and were in no way proven facts. Being Single on Noah's Ark is a summary of these trends over the past fifty years and further explores studies made in 1980 and 2005 in order to determine whether the stereotypes held about singles were myths or realities.
An important addition to the literature on the family, this well-organized and easy-to-read work is a valuable addition to any well-rounded discussion on family issues. Highly recommended.
The topic is timely, important, and for the most part neglected. The population of single adults - the never married, divorced, widowed, with or without children - has grown dramatically in the United States and other industrialized nations. Being Single on Noah's Ark makes a major contribution to both sociology and the general public with provocative yet accessible data, and analysis of this contemporary phenomenon.
Part 1 Part I: A Bit of History Chapter 2 1 The Traditional Family Part 3 Part II: Being Single on Noah's Ark Chapter 4 2 The Growing Singles Population Chapter 5 3 Singles in the World of the Married Chapter 6 4 A Changing Awarness Chapter 7 5 Behind the Titles Part 8 Part III: Lifestyles Chapter 9 6 Family Background Chapter 10 7 Sex in the World of Singles Chapter 11 8 The Use of Lesisure Time Chapter 12 9 Do Singles Have More Fun? Chapter 13 10 Lonliness: The Great Bugaboo Chapter 14 11 Health Dangers Part 15 Part IV: Assessments and Projections Chapter 16 12 The Stereotype Reexamined Chapter 17 13 The Future