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Author Rosenfeld, Michael J., 1966-

Title The age of independence : interracial unions, same-sex unions, and the changing American family / Michael J. Rosenfeld.

Published Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 2007.


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 UniM Bail  306.850973 ROSE    AVAILABLE
Physical description ix, 264 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 203-259) and index.
Contents 1. Introduction -- 2. Family government -- 3. The independent life stage -- 4. The rise of alternative unions -- 5. Alternative unions and the independent life stage -- 6. Childhood -- 7. The rise of tolerance -- 8. Privacy and the law -- 9. Same-sex marriage and the future of the American family.
Summary "Michael Rosenfeld offers a new theory of family dynamics to account for the startling changes in marriage and family composition in the United States in recent years. His argument revolves around the independent life stage that emerged around 1960. Young adults go through this stage after they leave their parents' homes but before they settle down to start their own families. During this time, young men and women depart for college, travel abroad, begin careers, and enjoy social independence. These experiences have reduced parental control over the dating practices and mate selection of their children and have resulted in a sharp rise in interracial and same-sex unions - unions that were more easily averted by previous generations of parents." "Complementing analysis of newly available census data from the entire twentieth century with in-depth interviews that explore the histories of families and couples. Rosenfeld proposes a conceptual model to explain many social changes that may seem unrelated but that flow from the same underlying logic. He shows, for example, that the more a relationship is transgressive of conventional morality, the more likely it is for the individuals to live away from their family and area of origin."--BOOK JACKET.
Subject Families -- United States.
Interracial marriage -- United States.
Same-sex marriage -- United States.
Young adults -- Family relationships -- United States.
Domestic relations -- United States.
Social change -- United States.
Standard Number 9780674024977
ISBN 0674024974 (alk. paper)
9780674024977 (alk. paper)