Marriage at the crossroads : law, policy, and the brave new world of twenty-first-century families
- Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2012.
- Physical description
- xv, 344 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
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- Includes bibliographical references and index.
- Introduction / Marsha Garrison and Elizabeth S. Scott
- Red v. blue marriage / June Carbone and Naomi Cahn
- International family change and continuity : the past and future from the developmental idealism perspective / Arland Thornton
- The division of household labor across time and generations / Margaret F. Brinig
- Marriage at the crossroads in England and Wales / Rebecca Probert
- The curious relationship of marriage and freedom / Katherine Franke
- Institutional, companionate, and individualistic marriages : change over time and implications for marital quality / Paul R. Amato
- Marriage and improved well-being : using twins to parse the correlation, asking how marriage helps, and wondering why more people don't buy a bargain / Robert E. Emery, Erin E. Horn, and Christopher R. Beam
- Fragile families : debates, facts, and solutions / Sara S. McLanahan and Irwin Garfinkel
- Should marriage matter? / Ira Mark Ellman and Sanford L. Braver
- Forsaking no others : coming to terms with family diversity / Judith Stacey
- Why marriage? / Suzanne B. Goldberg
- Essential to virtue? : the languages of the law of marriage / Carl E. Schneider
- The pluralistic vision of marriage / Shahar Lifshitz
- The growing diversity of two-parent families : challenges for family law / Andrew J. Cherlin
- Legal regulation of twenty-first-century families / Marsha Garrison and Elizabeth S. Scott.
- Publisher's Summary
- The institution of marriage is at a crossroads. Across most of the industrialized world, unmarried cohabitation and nonmarital births have skyrocketed while marriage rates are at record lows. These trends mask a new, idealized vision of marriage as a marker of success as well as a growing class divide in childbearing behavior: the children of better educated, wealthier individuals continue to be born into relatively stable marital unions while the children of less educated, poorer individuals are increasingly born and raised in more fragile, nonmarital households. The interdisciplinary approach offered by this edited volume provides tools to inform the debate and to assist policy makers in resolving questions about marriage at a critical juncture. Drawing on the expertise of social scientists and legal scholars, the book will be a key text for anyone who seeks to understand marriage as a social institution and to evaluate proposals for marriage reform.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)
- Publication date
- edited by Marsha Garrison, Brooklyn Law School ; Elizabeth S. Scott, Columbia University Law School.