Promises I Can Keep: Why Poor Women Put Motherhood before Marriage (Google eBook)

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University of California Press, Sep 1, 2011 - Social Science - 308 pages
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Millie Acevedo bore her first child before the age of 16 and dropped out of high school to care for her newborn. Now 27, she is the unmarried mother of three and is raising her kids in one of Philadelphia's poorest neighborhoods. Would she and her children be better off if she had waited to have them and had married their father first? Why do so many poor American youth like Millie continue to have children before they can afford to take care of them? Over a span of five years, sociologists Kathryn Edin and Maria Kefalas talked in-depth with 162 low-income single moms like Millie to learn how they think about marriage and family. Promises I Can Keep offers an intimate look at what marriage and motherhood mean to these women and provides the most extensive on-the-ground study to date of why they put children before marriage despite the daunting challenges they know lie ahead.
  

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Review: Promises I Can Keep: Why Poor Women Put Motherhood Before Marriage

User Review  - Margaret Zhang - Goodreads

An excellent immersion into the values and incentives of women in low-income neighborhoods. I am much enriched by reading this book. Read full review

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User Review  - Karen Cox - Goodreads

This was written I the 90's but hasn't gotten stale. The authors present the world of poor unwed mothers using the words of the mothers themselves. It is the most effective way to show these women as ... Read full review

Contents

Introduction
1
I Before We Had a Baby
27
2 When I Got Pregnant
50
3 How Does the Dream Die?
71
4 What Marriage Means
104
5 Labor of Love
138
6 How Motherhood Changed My Life
168
Making Sense of Single Motherhood
187
Acknowledgments
221
City Neighborhood and Family Characteristics and Research Methods
225
Interview Guide
241
Notes
249
References
269
Index
287
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About the author (2011)

Kathryn Edin is Associate Professor of Public Policy at Harvard University and coauthor of Making Ends Meet (1997). Maria Kefalas is Professor of Sociology at Saint Joseph's University in Philadelphia. She is the author of Working-Class Heroes (California, 2003).

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