The Ties That Bind: Perspectives on Marriage and Cohabitation

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Linda J. Waite, Christine Bachrach
Transaction Publishers, 2004 - Social Science - 404 pages
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The Ties That Bindwas organized to review and assess the scientific evidence about the causes of trends in marriage and other forms of intimate unions. The contributors address these two questions: What do we know about the factors that influence the formation of marriages and other intimate unions, the timing of union formation, and the forms that unions take? What factors explain the dramatic changes in union formation we have observed over recent decades?Edited by Linda J. Waite. Co-edited by Christine Bachrach, Michelle Hindin, Elizabeth Thomson, and Arland Thornton.
 

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Contents

The Changing Shape of Ties That Bind An Overview and Synthesis
3
Recent Trends and Differentials in Marriage and Cohabitation The United States
19
European Perspectives on Union Formation
40
Historical Trends in Marriage Formation The United States 18501990
59
The Evolutionary Psychology of Marriage and Divorce
91
Theorizing Marriage
111
Toward a New Home Socioeconomics of Union Formation
126
The Transformation in the Meaning of Marriage
147
Religion as a Determinant of Entry into Cohabitation and Marriage
227
A Typology of Processes of Commitment to Marriage Why Do Partners Commit to Problematic Relationships?
253
The Continuing Importance of Mens Economic Position in Marriage Formation
283
Female Wages Male Wages and the Economic Model of Marriage The Basic Evidence
302
Marriage the Costs of Children and Gender Inequality
320
Understanding the Distribution of Housework between Husbands and Wives
343
On the Determination of Wages Does Marriage Matter?
356
Trends in Mens and Womens WellBeing in Marriage
368

Marital Values and Expectations in Context Results from a 21City Survey
166
Ethnicity Immigration and Beliefs about Marriage as a Tie That Binds
188
Values and Living Arrangements A Recursive Relationship
212

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