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The Marriage-Go-Round

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The Marriage-Go-Round by Andrew J Cherlin
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"The marital "go round" mainly for Americans"
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Cherlin's con­clusion is that there are conflicting values– one of needing to commit, another needing independence. The need for independence and choice is not stressed enough in this book, I am afraid. But the book does accent marriages (and backs them up), depicting how couples, despite being burnt in painful divorces, decide to remarry….

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Andrew J. Cherlin's three decades of study have shown him that marriage in America is a social and political battlefield in a way that it isn't in other developed countries. Americans marry and divorce more often and have more live-in partners than Europeans, and gay Americans have more interest in legalizing same-sex marriage. The difference comes from Americans' embrace of two contradictory cultural ideals: marriage, a formal commitment to share one's life with another; and individualism, which emphasizes personal choice and self-development. Religion and law in America reinforce both of these behavioral poles, fueling turmoil in our family life and heated debate in our public life. Cherlin's incisive diagnosis is an important contribution to the debate and points the way to slowing down the partnership merry-go-round.

Author Biography

Andrew J. Cherlin is the Benjamin H. Griswold III Professor of Sociology and Public Policy at Johns Hopkins University and is the author of Public and Private Families. His articles have appeared in The New York Times Magazine, The Nation, and on the op-ed pages of The New York Times, The Washington Post, and other publications. He has been a recipient of a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship and the Distinguished Career Award from the Family Section of the American Sociological Association. He lives in Baltimore.
Release date Australia
April 6th, 2010
Country of Publication
United States
Illustrations
Illustrations, 1 map
Imprint
Vintage Books
Dimensions
144x203x22
ISBN-13
9780307386380
Product ID
3968412

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