Marriage and Cohabitation / Edition 1 by Arland Thornton, Yu Xie, William G. Axinn | | 9780226798660 | Hardcover | Barnes & Noble
Marriage and Cohabitation / Edition 1

Marriage and Cohabitation / Edition 1

by Arland Thornton, Yu Xie, William G. Axinn
     
 

ISBN-10: 0226798666

ISBN-13: 9780226798660

Pub. Date: 07/15/2007

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

In an era when half of marriages end in divorce, cohabitation has become more commonplace and those who do get married are doing so at an older age. So why do people marry when they do? And why do some couples choose to cohabit? A team of expert family sociologists examines these timely questions in Marriage and Cohabitation, the result of their

Overview

In an era when half of marriages end in divorce, cohabitation has become more commonplace and those who do get married are doing so at an older age. So why do people marry when they do? And why do some couples choose to cohabit? A team of expert family sociologists examines these timely questions in Marriage and Cohabitation, the result of their research over the last decade on the issue of union formation.

Situating their argument in the context of the Western world’s 500-year history of marriage, the authors reveal what factors encourage marriage and cohabitation in a contemporary society where the end of adolescence is no longer signaled by entry into the marital home. While some people still choose to marry young, others elect to cohabit with varying degrees of commitment or intentions of eventual marriage. The authors’ controversial findings suggest that family history, religious affiliation, values, projected education, lifetime earnings, and career aspirations all tip the scales in favor of either cohabitation or marriage. This book lends new insight into young adult relationship patterns and will be of interest to sociologists, historians, and demographers alike.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780226798660
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Publication date:
07/15/2007
Series:
Population and Development Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
456
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.20(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

I. Historical and Conceptual Issues

Chapter 1. Introduction

Chapter 2. Historical Perspectives on Marriage

Chapter 3. Comparing Marriage, Cohabitation, and Being Single

Chapter 4. Entering Marital and Cohabiting Unions

II. Parental Factors during Childhood and Adolescence

Chapter 5. Influence of Parental Youth Factors before Birth of Study Child

Chapter 6. Influence of Parental Factors during Childhood and Adolescence of the Children

III. Parent and Child Factors during the Children’s Young Adulthood

Chapter 7. The Courtship Process and Union Formation

Chapter 8. Religious Affiliation and Commitment

Chapter 9. The Influence of Attitudes, Values, and Beliefs

Chapter 10. Educational Influences

Chapter 11. Work, Earnings Potential, and Career Aspiration

IV. Integration and Summary of Effects

Chapter 12. Conclusions

Appendix A: Technical Explanation of Estimation of Total, Direct, and Indirect Effects

Appendix B: Conceptualizing and Estimating Union Formation Rates

Appendix C: Description of Measures Used in Chapters through 11

Appendix D: Constructing Measures of Earnings Potential for Use in Chapter 11

Notes

Bibliography

Index

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