07 - Love and Marriage 27/11/2007 16:34:00 ← Coontz –...

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Unformatted text preview: Love and Marriage 27/11/2007 16:34:00 ← Coontz – Love + History of marriage • What made marriage a fragile institution? o 1.) Young people are economic independent of families, so could choose a partner o 2.) Women economically independent from men, choose based on “love” – able to marry for love o 3.) Men could live without women because products of female labor are on the market and can run a household without a female around to do domestic work o 4.) Sex avails outside of marriage o 5.) Control of fertility (reliable contraception or abortion) o 6.) Illegitimacy is de-stigmatized – marriage is no longer the marker of having children without effecting the child • 2 claims: o the link btw marriage, child-birth, and economies are changing everywhere o across the world, marriage is in crisis... different reasons for this everywhere • Central reason marriage is fragile is because people now marry for love. o Ideology that married life should be happy because you love someone enough o Marriage in the US: was more sentimentalized in the 19...
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This note was uploaded on 04/18/2008 for the course SOC 216 taught by Professor Beisel during the Fall '08 term at Northwestern.

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07 - Love and Marriage 27/11/2007 16:34:00 ← Coontz –...

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