Alone Together: How Marriage in America Is Changing by Alan Booth, Paul R. Amato, David R. Johnson, Stacy J. Rogers

By Alan Booth, Paul R. Amato, David R. Johnson, Stacy J. Rogers

such a lot observers agree that marriage in the US has been altering. a few imagine it's in decline, that the expansion of individualism has made it more and more tricky to accomplish fulfilling and strong relationships. Others think that adjustments, resembling expanding gender equality, have made marriage a greater association for males in addition to ladies.

in keeping with reports of marital caliber in the United States two decades aside, this booklet takes a center view, exhibiting that whereas the divorce expense has leveled off, spouses are spending much less time together—people will be “bowling alone” nowadays, yet married also are consuming on my own. certainly, the declining social capital of married couples—including the truth that have fewer shared friends—combined with the overall erosion of neighborhood ties in American society has had pervasive, unwanted effects on marital caliber.

whilst, kinfolk source of revenue has elevated, decision-making equality among husbands and better halves is larger, marital clash and violence have declined, and the norm of lifelong marriage enjoys better help than ever.

The authors finish that marriage is an adaptable establishment, and in accommodating the sizeable adjustments that experience happened in society over the hot previous, it has develop into a much less cohesive, but much less confining association.


Alone jointly is an immensely important booklet. It offers with a huge subject by way of drawing on a different information set, reading and examining the knowledge in a truly subtle type and offering the consequences in transparent, trouble-free prose. The ebook is dense with worthwhile and engaging details, and the authors have made a vital contribution. they're masters at what they do.
--Norval Glenn, The collage of Texas at Austin (20080901)

This is the easiest and so much entire exam on hand of the way the establishment of marriage in the US has replaced during the last few decades.
--David Popenoe (International magazine of Sociology of the family members 20080901)

One of the main accomplished reviews of marriage.
--Sue Shellenbarger (Wall highway magazine )

The authors locate expanding separateness in elements of marital existence, besides maintained or perhaps elevated balance and dedication to the connection. the main points carry as a lot curiosity because the large picture...[A] landmark, authoritative, advanced yet readable study...This publication bargains a wealth of worthy details to expert helpers, clergy, judges, coverage makers, and common readers. A cornucopia of knowledge and concepts, it's a boon to every body who desires to recognize what's going at domestic in America.
--E. James Lieberman (PsycCritiques )

[Alone jointly] makes an enormous and well timed contribution to the present debate in regards to the that means of marriage in American society...For academics and researchers in marriage and relations reviews, this e-book is a very necessary resource.
--Susan D. Stewart (American magazine of Sociology )

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Census Bureau, 2001, Table 577). Today most married women demonstrate a pattern of consistent attachment to the labor force: wives no longer leave the labor force during the prime years of childbearing (Spain and Bianchi, 1996). In contrast, employment among husbands declined slightly during the 1980s and 1990s (White and Rogers, 2000). Most men today view women’s employment and earnings in a positive light. Among recent cohorts of youth, women with high-paying jobs are more likely to marry in a given year than are women with lowpaying jobs, which suggests that women’s income-earning potential has become an asset on the marriage market (Sweeney, 2002).

1990), marital violence (Fox, Benson, DeMaris, and Van Wyk, 2002), and divorce (Bramlett and Mosher, 2002; Lehrer, 2003). Correspondingly, the decline in men’s economic resources may have increased the level of strain in some marriages, especially in traditional families where husbands are (or expect to be) the sole providers. These considerations suggest that recent large-scale economic changes in American society improved marital satisfaction and harmony among dual-earner couples but had the opposite effect on single-earner couples.

57). , Scanzoni, 1978). For these reasons, we expect that recent increases in wives’ decision-making power were followed by improvements in marital quality for many couples. Social Integration, Religiosity, and Attitudes toward Marriage Social integration. The political scientist Robert Putnam (2000) documented a trend for Americans to be less involved in social networks and community institutions now than in the past. According to Putnam, people are less likely these days to participate in civic organizations, recreational groups, and religiously sponsored social events.

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