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Unformatted text preview: 1-23-2008The Deinstitutionalization of American MarriageTransitions of Marriage in the 20thCenturyInstitutional marriage to compassionate marriageIndividualized marriage in which the emphases on personal choice and self-development expandedPractical importance of marriage has declined; its symbolic significance has remained high and may even have increasedMark of prestige and personal achievementOver time, as remarriage after divorce became common, norms would begin to emerge concerning proper behavior in step-familiesInstead of the institutionalization of remarriage, deinstitutionalization of marriage as occurredRemarriage is an incomplete institution, but now, so is first marriageand for that matter, cohabitationDeinstitutionalizationthe weakening of the social norms that define peoples behavior in a social institution such as marriageDevelopment of new rules is likely to engender disagreement and tension among the relevant actorsBreakdown of the old rules of a gendered institution such as marriage could lead to the...
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- Spring '08