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Getting Married : The Public Nature of Our Private Relationships (Hardcover) (Carrie Yodanis)
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This book explores current patterns in marriage and shows that even with changes in marriage and family,nearly all Americans still marry at some point in their lives and when they marry, they behave much like other married people. From getting engaged to breaking up, people follow established and predictable patterns of behavior. Revisiting a wide range of qualitative and quantitative data, Yodanis and Lauer show how the institution of marriage continues to constrain options within and outside of marriage.
Why, especially in a time of increasing options, do people still keep, honor, and obey the institution of marriage? The answer in a sociological perspective and key sociological theories. The lack of innovation in who and when individuals marry and how they live and interact within marriage comes from the continuing formal and informal rules and taken for granted expectations of marriage. The influence of these rules and expectations is so strong that attempts at innovation and alternatives to marriage, including remaining single, cohabitation, same sex marriage, and communes, are shaped and constrained by the institution of marriage. The authors show how our private relationships are public issues.