Unformatted text preview: ). The information in this short section itself undermines
the historical roots of the cultural theorists argument for African American's disregard for the
importance of the family institution as the basis of deterioration of the family structure today.
An empirical study entitled "Race and the Retreat from Marriage: A Shortage of
Marriageable Men?" espouses a research-based explanation for the prevalence of single-parent
family structure amongst African Americans; that of the influence of changing employment
circumstances among males. This study, that relies heavily on the Becker's rational choice model
of mate selection and job search theory, is based on the idea that "non-marriage in the marriage
market is the conceptual equivalent of unemployment in a labor market, and it occurs when there
are mismatches between the demand for and supply of potential partners" (Lichter, McLaughlin,
Kephart, Landry 1992, pg. 14). Of importance is the fact that this study rests on the assumption
that all single women are looking for spouses and that women primarily choose partners on the
basis of economic reasons. Research methods include an evaluation of the effect...
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This note was uploaded on 12/17/2012 for the course ETHC 447 taught by Professor Crozat during the Spring '12 term at DeVry Addison.
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