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Marriage Markets By June Carbone (Robina Chair of Law, Science and Technology, University of Minnesota)

Marriage Markets
by June Carbone (Robina Chair of Law, Science and Technology, University of Minnesota)

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In this rigorous and enlightening account of why American families have transformed so much since the 1960s, two leading scholars of family law argue that the changing economy, rather than changing morals, is at the root of family instability.
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Marriage Markets: How Inequality is Remaking the American Family by June Carbone (Robina Chair of Law, Science and Technology, University of Minnesota)

There was a time when the phrase "American family" conjured up a single, specific image: a breadwinner dad, a homemaker mom, and their 2.5 kids living comfortable lives in a middle-class suburb. Today, that image has been shattered, due in part to skyrocketing divorce rates, single parenthood, and increased out-of-wedlock births. But whether it is conservatives bewailing the wages of moral decline and women's liberation, or progressives celebrating the result of women's greater freedom and changing sexual mores, most Americans fail to identify the root factor driving the changes: economic inequality that is remaking the American family along class lines. In Marriage Markets, June Carbone and Naomi Cahn examine how macroeconomic forces are transforming our most intimate and important spheres, and how working class and lower income families have paid the highest price. Just like health, education, and seemingly every other advantage in life, a stable two-parent home has become a luxury that only the well-off can afford. The best educated and most prosperous have the most stable families, while working class families have seen the greatest increase in relationship instability. Why is this so? The book provides the answer: greater economic inequality has profoundly changed marriage markets, the way men and women match up when they search for a life partner. It has produced a larger group of high-income men than women; written off the men at the bottom because of chronic unemployment, incarceration, and substance abuse; and left a larger group of women with a smaller group of comparable men in the middle. The failure to see marriage as a market affected by supply and demand has obscured any meaningful analysis of the way that societal changes influence culture. Only policies that redress the balance between men and women through greater access to education, stable employment, and opportunities for social mobility can produce a culture that encourages commitment and investment in family life. A rigorous and enlightening account of why American families have changed so much in recent decades, Marriage Markets cuts through the ideological and moralistic rhetoric that drives our current debate. It offers critically needed solutions for a problem that will haunt America for generations to come.

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Marriage Markets Reviews


A crisp and cogent account - rich with detail and utterly free of legalese - of America's failure to invest in its children." - New York Times

About June Carbone (Robina Chair of Law, Science and Technology, University of Minnesota)


June Carbone is the inaugural holder of the Robina Chair of Law, Science and Technology at the University of Minnesota. She is the author of From Partners to Parents: The Second Revolution in Family Law, the third and fourth editions of Family Law with Leslie Harris and the late Lee Teitelbaum, and Red Families v. Blue Families with Naomi Cahn. She is also a member of the Yale Cultural Cognition Project. Naomi Cahn, the Harold H. Greene Professor at George Washington University Law School, has written numerous articles and several books in a variety of areas. With June Carbone, she has also co-authored Red Families v. Blue Families. Other books include: Finding Our Families (with Wendy Kramer); The New Kinship: Constructing Donor-Conceived Families; and co-authored casebooks in family law and trusts and estates. She is a Senior Fellow at the Donaldson Adoption Institute, a board member for the Donor Sibling Registry, and a member of the GW Global Gender Program advisory board.

Table of Contents


Introduction ; Section I: The Puzzles of Today's Families ; Chapter 1: Changing Families ; Chapter 2: The New Foundations for Family Life: The Disappearance of the Center and the Emergence of Marriage As a Marker of Class ; Chapter 3: Not Blaming the Victim: Derailed by Moynihan ; Chapter 4: Blaming the Victim: The Morality Tale ; Chapter 5: Getting Closer: The Rediscovery of Marriage Markets ; Section II: The New Terms ; Chapter 6: The Heart of the Matter ; Chapter 7: Where the Men Are ; Chapter 8: Remaking Class Barriers: Children and Achievement ; Chapter 9: The Recreation of Class ; Section III: Legalizing Inequality: The Class Divide in the Meaning of Family Law ; Chapter 10: The Law: Rewriting the Marital Script ; Chapter 11: Shared Parenting: Egalitarian, Patriarchal or Both? ; Section IV: Rebuilding Community: Inequality, Class, and Family ; Chapter 12: Rebuilding From the Top Down: The Family, Inequality and Employment ; Chapter 13: Rebuilding from the Bottom up: Addressing Children's Needs. ; Chapter 14: Sex, Power, Patriarchy and Parental Obligation ; Chapter 15: The Rebirth of Community and the Family

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Marriage Markets: How Inequality is Remaking the American Family by June Carbone (Robina Chair of Law, Science and Technology, University of Minnesota)
June Carbone (Robina Chair of Law, Science and Technology, University of Minnesota)
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Oxford University Press Inc
2015-12-15
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0190263318
9780190263317
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