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

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University of California Press, 2005 - Family & Relationships - 293 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  - Shannon Baker - Goodreads

Why do some poor, single women become mothers? This is a well-researched and thoughtful book that had surprising (for me!) and revealing insights into this question I certainly had not thought about ... Read full review

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

Contents

Introduction
1
Before We Had a Baby
27
When I Got Pregnant
50
How Does the Dream Die?
71
What Marriage Means
104
Labor of Love
138
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
285
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Kathryn Edin is Professor of Public Policy and Management at the Kennedy School of Government and a Faculty Affiliate with the Sociology Department at Harvard University. She is the coauthor of "Promises I Can Keep: Why Poor Women Put Motherhood Before Marriage "and "Making Ends Meet: How Low Income Single Mothers Survive Welfare and Low Wage Work. "Timothy Nelson is Lecturer in Social Policy at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. He is the author of "Every Time I Feel the Spirit: Religious Experience and Ritual in an African American Church.

Maria Kefalas is Assistant Professor of Sociology at Saint Joseph's University.

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