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More Perfect Unions: The American Search for Marital Bliss

More Perfect Unions: The American Search for Marital Bliss

by Rebecca L. Davis


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ISBN-13: 9780674047969
Publisher: Harvard
Publication date: 03/31/2010
Pages: 336
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Rebecca L. Davis is Associate Professor of History and Women and Gender Studies at the University of Delaware.

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Elaine Tyler May

In this original and beautifully- written history of marriage counseling, Rebecca Davis demonstrates that the American obsession with marriage says as much about the quest for the perfect nation as it does about the desire for marital bliss. More Perfect Unions is essential reading for anyone interested in changing ideas of marriage, intimacy, gender, race, sexuality, and American identity itself.
Elaine Tyler May, author of Homeward Bound: American Families in the Cold War Era

Stephanie Coontz

Davis details the convoluted origins, contradictory beliefs, and unanticipated consequences of America's marriage counseling and marriage promotion movements, both secular and religious, over the past 100 years. This excellent resource deals sensitively with the gender, racial, and sexual biases of its sources.
Stephanie Coontz, author, Marriage, a History: How Love Conquered Marriage

Nancy F. Cott

Marital conflict is centuries old, but as Davis shows in this eye-opening history, marriage counseling is a twentieth-century innovation. Her deft and lively analysis explains how an ideal of marital perfection has made Americans the most marrying kind in the Western world today.
Nancy F. Cott, Harvard University

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