The Ties that Bind: Perspectives on Marriage and Cohabitation / Edition 1

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Overview

The Ties That Bindwas organized to review and assess the scientific evidence about the causes of trends in marriage and other forms of intimate unions. The contributors address these two questions: What do we know about the factors that influence the formation of marriages and other intimate unions, the timing of union formation, and the forms that unions take? What factors explain the dramatic changes in union formation we have observed over recent decades? Edited by Linda J. Waite. Co-edited by Christine Bachrach, Michelle Hindin, Elizabeth Thomson, and Arland Thornton.

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“Marriage and cohabitation may be seen as assets, in some ways like wealth. Like wealth, there are aspects of choice and constraint in the determination of who gets these relationships. Who enters and stays in marriage or cohabitation, and the relative gains or losses that result, are structured by gender in ways that differ across racial/ethnic and other groupings. For better or for worse, married and cohabitating people have things that others do not. Understanding what those things are and how they are changing is crucial to figuring out why there have been such dramatic developments in recent decades in the rates of non-marital cohabitation, later marriage timing and more people not married, and the disassociation of childbirth and childrearing from married relationships. The Ties That Bind describes, explains, and theorizes these trends…. The collection is clearly conceptualized and motivated, and… the pieces are quite useful.”

—Philip N. Cohen, Contemporary Sociology

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Contributors examine the factors influencing the formation, timing, and form of marriage and other intimate unions, as well as the dramatic changes in these institutions in recent decades. They consider trends in marriage and cohabitation, perspectives on how unions are formed, values, attitudes, and norms about marriage, economics, and role specialization. Contributors include sociologists, economists, historians, and evolutionary psychologists. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780202306360
  • Publisher: Transaction Publishers
  • Publication date: 12/31/2000
  • Series: Social Institutions and Social Change Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 404
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction 1
1 The Changing Shape of Ties That Bind: An Overview and Synthesis 3
I Trends in Marriage and Cohabitation
2 Recent Trends and Differentials in Marriage and Cohabitation: The United States 19
3 European Perspectives on Union Formation 40
4 Historical Trends in Marriage Formation: The United States 1850-1990 59
II Perspectives on How Unions Are Formed
5 The Evolutionary Psychology of Marriage and Divorce 91
6 Theorizing Marriage 111
7 Toward a New Home Socioeconomics of Union Formation 126
III Values, Attitudes, and Norms about Marriage
8 The Transformation in the Meaning of Marriage 147
9 Marital Values and Expectations in Context: Results from a 21-City Survey 166
10 Ethnicity, Immigration, and Beliefs about Marriage as a "Tie That Binds" 188
11 Values and Living Arrangements: A Recursive Relationship 212
12 Religion as a Determinant of Entry into Cohabitation and Marriage 227
13 A Typology of Processes of Commitment to Marriage: Why Do Partners Commit to Problematic Relationships? 253
IV Economics, Role Specialization, and the Returns to Marriage
14 The Continuing Importance of Men's Economic Position in Marriage Formation 283
15 Female Wages, Male Wages, and the Economic Model of Marriage: The Basic Evidence 302
16 Marriage, the Costs of Children, and Gender Inequality 320
17 Understanding the Distribution of Housework between Husbands and Wives 343
18 On the Determination of Wages: Does Marriage Matter? 356
19 Trends in Men's and Women's Well-Being in Marriage 368
Index 393
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