Being Single On Noah's Ark

Being Single On Noah's Ark

by Leonard Cargan
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0742559599

ISBN-13: 9780742559592

Pub. Date: 09/15/2007

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.

Following World War II, many returning GIs replaced the positions of female wartime workers. As a result, many women were faced with taking boring, low-paying positions. As on alternative to this grim prospect, many of these women took advantage of the influx of returning GI bachelors-and the subsequent demand for wives-and began getting married and starting families,

Overview

Following World War II, many returning GIs replaced the positions of female wartime workers. As a result, many women were faced with taking boring, low-paying positions. As on alternative to this grim prospect, many of these women took advantage of the influx of returning GI bachelors-and the 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. In fact, singles now make up a small majority of the population. 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.

About the Author:
Leonard Cargan is professor emeritus at Wright State University

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780742559592
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
09/15/2007
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
244
Product dimensions:
6.07(w) x 9.09(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents


List of Tables     vii
Preface     xi
A Bit of History     1
The Traditional Family     3
Being Single on Noah's Ark     31
The Growing Singles Population     33
Singles in the World of the Married     53
A Changing Awareness     67
Behind the Titles     73
Lifestyles     93
Family Background     97
Sex in the World of Singles     105
The Use of Leisure Time     129
Do Singles Have More Fun?     143
Loneliness: The Great Bugaboo     153
Health Dangers     167
Assessments and Projections     177
The Stereotypes Reexamined     179
The Future     197
The Questionnaire     207
Bibliography     217
Index     221
About the Author     231

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