Lecture 14

Lecture 14 - 03:35 Preview Marriage Typesinhistory...

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03:35 Preview Marriage  Types in history  Institutional Regime of male authority  Companionate – after 1960 Still stark division of gender roles  Togetherness and friendship are increasingly valued  Individual Personal fulfillment Self development  Strict roles are dead  Attitudes in recent decades  50s-70s positive attitudes toward marriage have been declining  since 70s no increase or decrease in attitude about marriage  period of massive attitudinal change since the 50s  Cohabitation Rise of cohabitation 1. There has always been some form of cohabitation in the country  Was called something different – was called common law marriages
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2. Since 1970s there has been a strong rise of cohabitation  3. Young people of lower economic status (without college degree) always have and  continue to have higher rates of cohabitation than the highly educated  Some important consequences  Benefits of cohabitation  Benefits of coresidence Benefits of marriage Selection vs causation  Types of Cohabitation Cohabitors are a diverse group  Many purposes Three dominant interpretations  1. Pure relationship – Anthony Gibbins  Relationship for its own sake  People live together simply because they like to like together  Relationship is purely about relationship and nothing else 2. Precursor to marriage -  Testing ground for marriage  Move in together  in order  to see if marriage would work  3. Alternative to marriage - Pretty unusual among heterosexuals in the U.S.  Only available option for gays and lesbians in most States 
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Few cohabiting unions last >5 years Cohabitation means different things to different people  What about marriage? Cohabitation, Implications.
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