The Marriage-Go-Round: The State of Marriage and the Family in America Todayby Andrew J. Cherlin
Pub. Date: 04/14/2009
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
I have been writing about American families for three decades, but I began to develop the idea for this book only in the past few years. It seemed to me that family life in the United States was different from that of other Western countries-in a way no one really understood. In none of the other countries has marriage become a social and political battlefield.… See more details below
I have been writing about American families for three decades, but I began to develop the idea for this book only in the past few years. It seemed to me that family life in the United States was different from that of other Western countries-in a way no one really understood. In none of the other countries has marriage become a social and political battlefield. Nowhere else is the government spending money to promote marriage. In no other Western country would a person walking down the street see the advertisement I have seen on the sides of buses: a smiling couple proclaiming, "Marriage works."
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Table of Contents
1 How American Family Life Is Different 13
2 The Historical Origins of the American Pattern, 1650-1900 36
3 The Rise of the Companionate Marriage, 1900-1960 63
4 The Individualized Marriage and the Expressive Divorce, 1960-2000 87
5 The American Way of Marriage 116
6 The M-Factor 144
7 Blue-Collar Blues/White-Collar Weddings 159
8 Slow Down 181
Appendix: Charts 203
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Excellent book that discusses the situation with marriage in the US. Highly recommended.
The author has enough credentials to write such a book and he stands true to the sociologist outlook and the structural functionalist point of view. The statistics on like-countries and specific court dates are just two examples of the details of information used to provide strength to the overall purpose. He attempts to mesh historical accounts of all kinds, making clarity suffer, but there was not a lack of organization which did allow for easier reading. Overall, the book was well written and the theories were sound. A good read for professionals and students alike who are interested in the time line of the American family and why divorce is a hot-button topic today.