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Author Wilson, James Q
Title The marriage problem : how our culture has weakened families / James Q. Wilson
Imprint New York, NY : HarperCollins, c2002
book jacket
 人文社會聯圖  HQ536 W555 2002    AVAILABLE    30610020115853
 Euro-Am Studies Lib  306.85 W6943 2002    AVAILABLE  -  30500101494667
Edition 1st ed
Descript xii, 274 p. ; 25 cm
Note Includes bibliographical references and index
Two nations -- Why do families exist? -- Sex and the marriage market -- The rise of the modern marriage -- African Americans and slavery -- Mother-only families -- Divorce -- Working mothers -- The cultural challenge
Marriage, the emotional core and social foundation of our culture, is under attack. Profound changes in our values have eroded family life to a degree that degrades the very integrity of our society. This devastation takes many forms, says the renowned scholar, James Q. Wilson: the proliferation of cohabitation instead of formal marriage, the steep increase in single and teenage parents, and the rising divorce rate. Behind these diverse forces, Wilson draws on meticulous research to identify two underlying causes of this destruction: the rise of individualism and the consequences of slavery. Unafraid to contradict conventional wisdom, Wilson provides ample evidence that marriage benefits all parties, husbands, wives and, especially, children. An important and persuasive book, The Marriage Problem is a clarion call to rebuild the family, and society, by having a solid marital structure at its core
Subject Marriage -- United States
Families -- United States
United States -- Social conditions -- 1980-
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