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The End of Marriage?: Individualism and Intimate Relations

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Lewis (social policy, U. of Oxford) discusses contemporary understandings of marriage, cohabitation, and commitment. Challenging the assumption that individualism has undermined the institution of marriage, she contends that the erosion of the male breadwinner model and the weakening of an externally imposed moral code are more significant factors in the changes taking place. She further argues that governments should not try to turn back the clock when making family law and policy. Annotation c. Book News, Inc.,...
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Overview

Lewis (social policy, U. of Oxford) discusses contemporary understandings of marriage, cohabitation, and commitment. Challenging the assumption that individualism has undermined the institution of marriage, she contends that the erosion of the male breadwinner model and the weakening of an externally imposed moral code are more significant factors in the changes taking place. She further argues that governments should not try to turn back the clock when making family law and policy. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781843761730
  • Publisher: Elgar, Edward Publishing, Inc.
  • Publication date: 12/1/2002
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

List of figures
List of tables
Acknowledgements
1 Introduction: the debate 3
2 Changing patterns: the decline of marriage and the rise of cohabitation 29
3 The male breadwinner model family 45
4 From public to private morality 72
5 The law of marriage and divorce: towards privatisation and deregulation? 96
6 Inside relationships: the decision to marry or cohabit and the nature of commitment 123
7 Inside relationships: individualism and commitment and the investment of time and money 147
8 What is to be done: what should be the role of private law and family policy in respect of intimate relations? 172
Bibliography 194
Index 227
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