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On Our Own: Unmarried Motherhood in America / Edition 1

On Our Own: Unmarried Motherhood in America / Edition 1

by Melissa LudtkeMelissa Ludtke
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The U.S. has experienced a dramatic increase in births to unmarried women in recent decades—from 4% of births in 1950, with most of the babies then adopted, to more than 30% today. Melissa Ludtke's book is the only in-depth analysis of this radical change in family formation to compare and contrast the lives of these mothers of varying ages and economic circumstances.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780520218307
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 03/31/1999
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 483
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.40(d)

About the Author

Melissa Ludtke is a journalist. While researching and writing On Our Own she had fellowships at Harvard, Radcliffe, and the Columbia School of Journalism.

Table of Contents


1. My Story: Decision-making About Unmarried Motherhood 
2. Unmarried Motherhood: A Half-Century of Change 
3. Having a Baby: Unmarried Adolescent Mothers 
4. Having a Baby: Unmarried Older Mothers 
5. Raising Children: Unmarried Adolescent Mothers 
6. Raising Children: Unmarried Older Mothers 
7. Where's Daddy? Unmarried Adolescent Mothers 
8. Where's Daddy? Unmarried Okler Mothers 
9. Unmarried Mothers: Who We Are and Where We're Headed 


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