In few good men kathryn edin 2000 discusses her work

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In “Few Good Men,” Kathryn Edin (2000) discusses her work interviewing single mothers, and how it speaks to contemporary debates over marriage. a. Discuss the quantitative/statistical or trend evidence presented in lecture that would support the claim that marriage has been declining. i. Divorce rate steadily increasing ii. Percent married (both HS and College) steadily decreasing iii. Increase in female labor participation decreased dependency on marriage iv. Decline in marriage amongst younger generations b. Discuss two of the main reasons identified by Edin why single mothers are hesitant to marry or remarry. i. Affordability 1. Economic stability is a necessary precondition to marriage 2. Men’s contribution to household can be unstable which can often lead to a dissolution of partnership
ii. Respectability 1. Women think of marriage too highly; they want a man who can guarantee a stable home and life iii. Trust 1. Women believe that men are irresponsible, financially incompetent, sexually unfaithful iv. Control 1. Women enjoy being in control 2. Risky to become dependent on a man c. How do these reasons fit or not with two of the four prevailing theories of nonmarriage that Edin discusses? i. Four prevailing theories 1. Economic independence of women 2. Men must have a stable job/financial resources 3. Welfare decreasing dependence on men 4. Other cultural factors a. Changing gender roles; women perceive themselves to be more independent than men think they are ii. Pretty much fit in with these theories as women only want to marry if it ensures security and stability but that women can have the option to be independent (with help of welfare) d. How do these reasons confirm and/or contest cultural stereotypes about low-income single mothers? i. Contest stereotypes that they are lazy and depend on men e. How do these reasons confirm and/or contest cultural stereotypes about low-income men? i. Stereotypes: irresponsible, financially unstable, promiscuous, disloyal.

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