The Age of Independence: Interracial Unions, Same-Sex Unions, and the Changing American Family

The Age of Independence: Interracial Unions, Same-Sex Unions, and the Changing American Family

by Michael J. Rosenfeld
     
 

Rosenfeld offers a new theory to account for the startling changes in American family composition in recent years. His argument revolves around the independent life stage that emerged around 1960, experienced by young adults after leaving their parents' homes and before settling down to start their own families. He shows how this stage has reduced parental control… See more details below

Overview

Rosenfeld offers a new theory to account for the startling changes in American family composition in recent years. His argument revolves around the independent life stage that emerged around 1960, experienced by young adults after leaving their parents' homes and before settling down to start their own families. He shows how this stage has reduced parental control over their children's mate selection and has resulted in a rise in interracial and same-sex unions--unions that were more easily averted by previous generations.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780674034907
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Publication date:
09/30/2009
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
280
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.80(d)

Meet the Author

Michael J. Rosenfeld is Associate Professor of Sociology at Stanford University.

Table of Contents

  • Acknowledgments

  1. Introduction
  2. Family Government
  3. The Independent Life Stage
  4. The Rise of Alternative Unions
  5. Alternative Unions and the Independent life Stage
  6. Childhood
  7. The Rise of Tolerance
  8. Privacy and the Law
  9. Same-Sex Marriage and the Future of the American Family

  • Appendix Tables
  • Notes
  • Index

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