Marriage and Caste in America: Separate and Unequal Families in a Post-Marital Age / Edition 1

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Overview

A generation ago Americans undertook a revolutionary experiment to redefine marriage. The results of this experiment separating marriage from childrearing are in, and they are bad news for children and for the country as a whole. The family upheaval has hit African-Americans especially hard. We forgot what American marriage was designed to do: it ordered lives by giving the young a meaningful life script. It supported middle-class foresight, planning, and self-sufficiency. And it organized men and women around The Mission—nurturing their children's cognitive, emotional, and physical development. It is The Mission that separates middle-class kids from their less-parented and lower-achieving peers. In fact our great family experiment threatens to turn what the founders imagined as an opportunity-rich republic of equal citizens into a hereditary caste society.

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Editorial Reviews

World - Dr. Marvin Olasky
Kay Hymowitz thoughtfully takes on the minimalists who say a marriage is just a shack-up plus a piece of paper. Her elegant essays show that marriage is an essential culture-preserver, poverty-fighter, and life-improver.
Theodore Dalrymple
America could save itself a lot of trouble by paying attention to what [Hymowitz] writes.
Ron Haskins
A sobering investigation of the widening gap in the American social structure that's being caused by new attitudes toward marriage.
The Wall Street Journal - Charlotte Hays
The most fascinating (but grimmest) sections...deal with child-rearing skills in unmarried America.
New York Post - Christine B. Whelan
Marriage and Caste in America should provoke serious thought about how marriage has become a class issue—and what we can do about it.
The New York Times - David Brooks
Essential.
The American Conservative - Cheryl Miller
Hymowitz provides an arresting diagnosis of American social ills.
Commentary - Lisa Schiffren
Hymowitz has the gift of being able to convey complicated ideas, theories, and history in lucid and witty language.
The Weekly Standard - Claudia Anderson
A short and readable volume.... Hymowitz has surely contributed...to creating the present hopeful moment for mainstream America.
Front Page Magazine - David Forsmark
Kay Hymowitz makes a persuasive case in Marriage and Caste in America that the best social program is actually marriage.
First Things - W Bradford Wilcox
Beautifully written tour de force of contemporary American family life.
Evening Bulletin - Gregory J. Sullivan
Powerful...unflinching...analysis of this crisis of the black abandonment of marriage.
Dr. Laura Schlessinger
[A] fascinating and informational [book] that you ought to read.
World - Marvin Olasky
Kay Hymowitz thoughtfully takes on the minimalists who say a marriage is just a shack-up plus a piece of paper. Her elegant essays show that marriage is an essential culture-preserver, poverty-fighter, and life-improver.
World
Kay Hymowitz thoughtfully takes on the minimalists who say a marriage is just a shack-up plus a piece of paper. Her elegant essays show that marriage is an essential culture-preserver, poverty-fighter, and life-improver.
— Dr. Marvin Olasky, editor–in–chief
Wall Street Journal
The most fascinating (but grimmest) sections...deal with child-rearing skills in unmarried America.
— Charlotte Hays
Steve Goddard's History Wire
Hymowitz...has concluded that the family revolution [is both] bad news for children [and] has had the effect of stratifying the country as a whole.
The American Conservative
Hymowitz provides an arresting diagnosis of American social ills.
— Cheryl Miller
Today's Machine World
A strong case for the value of marriage.
Weekly Standard
A short and readable volume.... Hymowitz has surely contributed...to creating the present hopeful moment for mainstream America.
— Claudia Anderson
New York Post
Marriage and Caste in America should provoke serious thought about how marriage has become a class issue—and what we can do about it.
— Christine B. Whelan
New York Times
Essential.
— Brooks, David
Commentary
Hymowitz has the gift of being able to convey complicated ideas, theories, and history in lucid and witty language.
— Lisa Schiffren
Front Page Magazine
Kay Hymowitz makes a persuasive case in Marriage and Caste in America that the best social program is actually marriage.
— David Forsmark
Book Review Digest
[The author] has the gift of being able to convey complicated ideas, theories, and history in language that is lucid and-most precious of all in discussions of marriage and family-witty. It is a pleasure to read her essays....an intelligent, compelling case....Clear and forceful conclusions about what is missing from the impoverished lives that she describes so well.
Newsobserver.Com
Hymowitz cogently lays out a case that when it comes to reducing poverty, economics and family structure can't be separated.
First Things
Beautifully written tour de force of contemporary American family life.
— W Bradford Wilcox
Evening Bulletin
Powerful...unflinching...analysis of this crisis of the black abandonment of marriage.
— Gregory J. Sullivan
The Wall Street Journal
The most fascinating (but grimmest) sections...deal with child-rearing skills in unmarried America.
— Charlotte Hays
The New York Times
Essential.
— David Brooks
The Weekly Standard
A short and readable volume.... Hymowitz has surely contributed...to creating the present hopeful moment for mainstream America.
— Claudia Anderson
Newsobserver.com
Hymowitz cogently lays out a case that when it comes to reducing poverty, economics and family structure can't be separated.
New York Times
Essential
—David Brooks
Commentary
Hymowitz has the gift of being able to convey complicated ideas, theories, and history in lucid and witty language.
—Lisa Schiffren
The American Conservative
Hymowitz provides an arresting diagnosis of American social ills.
— Cheryl Miller
Charlotte Hays
The most fascinating (but grimmest) sections...deal with child-rearing skills in unmarried America.
Wall Street Journal
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781566637091
  • Publisher: Dee, Ivan R. Publisher
  • Publication date: 10/25/2006
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 5.87 (w) x 8.68 (h) x 0.80 (d)

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