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The Age of Independence: Interracial Unions, Same-Sex Unions, and the Changing American Family / Edition 1
     

The Age of Independence: Interracial Unions, Same-Sex Unions, and the Changing American Family / Edition 1

by Michael J. Rosenfeld
 

ISBN-10: 0674024974

ISBN-13: 9780674024977

Pub. Date: 03/15/2007

Publisher: Harvard University Press

Michael Rosenfeld offers a new theory of family dynamics to account for the interesting and startling changes in marriage and family composition in the United States in recent years. His argument revolves around the independent life stage that emerged around 1960. This stage is experienced by young adults after they leave their parents' homes but before they settle

Overview

Michael Rosenfeld offers a new theory of family dynamics to account for the interesting and startling changes in marriage and family composition in the United States in recent years. His argument revolves around the independent life stage that emerged around 1960. This stage is experienced by young adults after they leave their parents' homes but before they settle down to start their own families. During this time, young men and women go away to college, travel abroad, begin careers, and enjoy social independence. This independent life stage has reduced parental control over the dating practices and mate selection of their children and has resulted in a sharp rise in interracial and same-sex unions—unions that were more easily averted by previous generations of parents.

Complementing analysis of newly available census data from the entire twentieth century with in-depth interviews that explore the histories of families and couples, Rosenfeld proposes a conceptual model to explain many social changes that may seem unrelated but that flow from the same underlying logic. He shows, for example, that the more a relationship is transgressive of conventional morality, the more likely it is for the individuals to live away from their family and area of origin.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780674024977
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Publication date:
03/15/2007
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
280
Product dimensions:
6.37(w) x 9.41(h) x 0.99(d)

Table of Contents


Acknowledgments     vii
Introduction     1
Family Government     18
The Independent Life Stage     42
The Rise of Alternative Unions     66
Alternative Unions and the Independent Life Stage     85
Childhood     124
The Rise of Tolerance     138
Privacy and the Law     156
Same-Sex Marriage and the Future of the American Family     169
Appendix Tables     191
Notes     203
Index     261

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