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Marriage at the Crossroads: Law, Policy, and the Brave New World of 21st-Century Families

Edited by: Marsha Garrison, Elizabeth Scott

ISBN13: 9781107018273
Published: December 2012
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Hardback
Price: £77.00
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The institution of marriage is at a crossroads. Across most of the industrialized world, unmarried cohabitation and nonmarital births have skyrocketed while marriage rates are at record lows. These trends mask a new, idealized vision of marriage as a marker of success as well as a growing class divide in childbearing behavior: the children of better educated, wealthier individuals continue to be born into relatively stable marital unions while the children of less educated, poorer individuals are increasingly born and raised in more fragile, nonmarital households. The interdisciplinary approach offered by this edited volume provides tools to inform the debate and to assist policy makers in resolving questions about marriage at a critical juncture. Drawing on the expertise of social scientists and legal scholars, the book will be a key text for anyone who seeks to understand marriage as a social institution and to evaluate proposals for marriage reform.

Family Law
1. Introduction Marsha Garrison and Elizabeth Scott

Part I. History, Demographics, and Economics - Multiple Perspectives on Families:
2. International family change and continuity: the past and future from the developmental idealism perspective Arland Thornton
3. Red v. blue marriage June Carbone and Naomi Cahn
4. The division of labor across time and generations Margaret F. Brinig
5. Marriage at the crossroads in England and Wales Rebecca Probert
6. The curious relationship of marriage and freedom Katherine Franke

Part II. Empirical Research on Family Change:
7. Institutional, companionate, and individualistic marriages: change over time and implications for marital quality Paul R. Amato
8. Marriage and improved well-being: using twins to parse the correlation, asking how marriage helps, and wondering why more people don't buy a bargain Robert E. Emery, Erin Horn, and Christopher Beam
9. Fragile families: debates, facts, and solutions Sara McLanahan and Irwin Garfinkel
10. Should marriage matter? Ira Mark Ellman and Sanford L. Braver

Part III. Family Policy and Law for the 21st Century:
11. Forsaking no others: coming to terms with family diversity Judith Stacey
12. Why marriage? Suzanne B. Goldberg
13. Essential to virtue? the languages of the law of marriage Carl E. Schneider
14. The pluralistic vision of marriage Shahar Lifshitz

Part IV. Comments:
15. The growing diversity of two-parent families: challenges for family law Andrew Cherlin
16. Legal regulation of the 21st-century family Marsha Garrison and Elizabeth Scott.