The marriage-go-round: the state of marriage and the family in America today

Book Cover
Average Rating
Publisher:
Alfred A. Knopf,
Pub. Date:
c2009.
Language:
English
Description
From one of the nation’s leading experts on the American family, a book that explores the state of marriage in America today; its evolution culturally; and with regard to religion and the law, how and why the present state of marriage—a merry-go-round of partnerships—developed, and the implications for parents and children.During Andrew J. Cherlin’s three decades of study and analysis of family life, he came to see that marriage in the United States was different than in other Western countries—Western Europe, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand—in a way that no one was writing about. He realized that marriage in America, unlike in other countries in the world, was seen as a cultural idael, and the U.S. government was spending money to promote its continuation. The institution of marriage had become a social and political battlefield.Cherlin writes that Americans marry more repeatedly and have more live-in partners; that marriage and remarriage, frequent divorce, and short-term cohabiting relationships have resulted in a core upheaval in American family life; and that American children have been left to cope with the frequent and disruptive comings and goings of parents.He writes that Americans have come to embrace two contradictory models of personal and family life: marriage, a formal commitment to share one’s life with another; and individualism, which emphasizes personal growth and development. The former promotes a lasting relationship; the latter encourages one to move on. Each model is culturally reinforced by two basic, powerful institutions: religion and law.Cherlin writes about the inconsistency of American religion and law with regard to family life. He argues that contemporary religion, although supportive of marriage, embraces the quest for self-development. And he makes clear that family law, which used to be centered on marriage, is today focused on the individual and his or her obligations to children.He discusses the movement and civil struggle for same-sex marriage in America as opposed to in many European countries, where marriage is seen by gay couples as an oppressive heterosexual institution.A fascinating book that illuminates the shifting nature of America’s oldest and most cherished social institution, the subject of intense and ever-increasing national debate.
More Details
ISBN:
9780307266897
Also in this Series
More Like This
Reviews from GoodReads
Loading GoodReads Reviews.
Staff View

Grouping Information

Grouped Work ID 7b1b6e55-6077-ae00-d424-311f38bef681
full_title marriage go round the state of marriage and the family in america today
author cherlin andrew j
grouping_category book
lastUpdate 2017-08-14 05:04:17AM

Solr Details

accelerated_reader_interest_level
accelerated_reader_point_value 0
accelerated_reader_reading_level 0
author Cherlin, Andrew J., 1948-
author_display Cherlin, Andrew J
available_at_arlington Central
collection_arlington Adult Nonfiction
detailed_location_arlington Central Adult Nonfiction
display_description
format_arlington Book
format_category_arlington Books
id 7b1b6e55-6077-ae00-d424-311f38bef681
isbn 9780307266897
item_details ils:.b1294435x|.i13973447|Central Adult Nonfiction|306.85 CHERL|||1|false|false|||||On Shelf|May 20, 2015|can||
itype_arlington Hardback
lexile_score -1
literary_form Non Fiction
literary_form_full Non Fiction
local_callnumber_arlington 306.85 CHERL
owning_library_arlington Arlington Public Library, Aurora Hills, Central, Cherrydale, Columbia Pike, Connection Crystal City, Detention Center, Glencarlyn, Local History, Plaza, Shirlington, Westover
owning_location_arlington Central
primary_isbn 9780307266897
publishDate 2009
record_details ils:.b1294435x|Book|Books|1st ed.|English|Alfred A. Knopf,|c2009.|271 p. : charts ; 25 cm.
recordtype grouped_work
scoping_details_arlington ils:.b1294435x|.i13973447|On Shelf|On Shelf|false|true|true|false|false|true|999|||
subject_facet Families -- United States -- History
title_display The marriage-go-round : the state of marriage and the family in America today
title_full The marriage-go-round : the state of marriage and the family in America today / by Andrew J. Cherlin
title_short The marriage-go-round :
title_sub the state of marriage and the family in America today