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September 8 RQ

September 8 RQ - Name Noel Mejia Soci 130 FA 2008 September...

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Name: Noel Mejia Soci 130 FA 2008 September 8 Reading Questions Chapter 7 (pp. 238-254): 1. a. Describe what cohabitation is like when it is more of an alternative way of being single. This is a no-commitment way of cohabitating in which people are in a relationship for the pure emotional and physical satisfaction of it in which they are not concerned with other marital-type responsibilities. b. What evidence is there that Americans think of cohabitation in this way? The high number of cohabitating couples reported through census or surveys that show a pattern of a great number of cohabitating couples whose relationship ends shortly after they move in together 2. a. Describe what cohabitation is like when it is more of a testing ground for marriage. This is a period in a more serious cohabitating couple’s relationship in which they “test the waters” and evaluate their partners’ qualities to see if they are compatible enough to marry b. What evidence is there that Americans think of cohabitation in this way? Surveys issued by sociologist show this evidence 3. Cherlin, referring to the marriage market, says that ‘this depiction of searchers as rational, calculating individuals…is at odds with the popular image of people falling in love.’ Do
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