Being Single On Noah's Ark

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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

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Editorial Reviews

July 2008 CHOICE
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.
Peter Stein
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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780742559592
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/15/2007
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 244
  • Product dimensions: 6.07 (w) x 9.09 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Leonard Cargan is Professor Emeritus at Wright State University and has authored numerous books and articles on marriage, family, and being single.

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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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