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Home Notes (C.7) 10/14 Cohabitation and Marriage Today view romantic love, compatibility, companionship  good marriage Union=  a stable, intimate relationship between two people who live in the same  household but may or may not be married Forming a Union Select spouses in America without direct assist from outsiders Developing countries parents choose ANGLO-AMERICAN COURTSHIP By 1800s, young adults in US AND parents chose spouse together Upper class played stronger role  more to lose Courtship=  a publicly visible process with rules and restrictions through which young  men and women find a partner to marry Publicly visible  community involved  Couples seen together at public events Demise after 1990 due to great social/economic changes Migration from rural areas to cities, rise of industrial capitalism, higher standards of  lighting, lengthening of adolescence  Parents were not around, more potential partners, earning money, automobile New view on teenage years Needed to develop personalities and capabilities free from pressures of adult world Needed at least high school to obtain better-paying jobs The Globalization of Love Urbanization and shift to wage labor Exposure to Western media Migration flows Demographic change
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2 ideas about family life  1) a person should think more individualistically about kind of  marital relationship she or he wants 2) she/he should see their marriage as project to be  worked on and maintained rather than as institution whose rules are unchanging/ taken  for granted  THE RISE AND FALL OF DATING Dating rare until 1900 Men provided goods in exchanged for companionship  Shifted balance of power in courtship from women to men Evening initiated and controlled by men Shifted power from parents to teenagers/young adults 1945-1965 most popular—after WWII Began dating earlier Age of marriage rose in 1960-1970 Dating system became less closely connected to marriage  More cohabitation and premarital sex HOOKING UP Hooking up=  a sexual encounter with no expectation of further involvement  Not necessary or desirable to feel romantic attraction Parties, group settings, involve alcohol Stanford undergraduate survey Men consumed after of 5 drinks  women 3 Not imply sexual intercourse Sexually liberating/pleasurable OR trouble/exploitative  Women in survey after hookup felt desirable, adventuresome BUT awkward, confused Men have more orgasms than women Romance and relationships FOLLOW sexual activity  changed Dating valuable as emotional practice for marriage
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Rational response to long stage of life between sexual maturity and older ages at  marriage  Shifting power in relationship back toward women
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