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Marriage at the Crossroads
Law, Policy, and the Brave New World of Twenty-First-Century Families

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Marsha Garrison, Elizabeth Scott, Arland Thornton, June Carbone, Naomi Cahn, Margaret F. Brinig, Rebecca Probert, Katherine Franke, Paul R. Amato, Robert E. Emery, Erin Horn, Christopher Beam, Sara McLanahan, Irwin Garfinkel, Ira Mark Ellman, Sanford L. Braver, Judith Stacey, Suzanne B. Goldberg, Carl E. Schneider, Shahar Lifshitz, Andrew Cherlin
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  • Date Published: October 2012
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  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107623705

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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. Meanwhile, growing numbers of same-sex couples seek access to marriage as an important political and personal goal. These trends have generated political controversy and pose a number of challenges for policy makers: Should access to marriage be extended? Should lawmakers increase or reduce government support for marriage? 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.

    • Offers a broad range of perspectives that combines legal and social science scholarship
    • Grounded in empirical research that gives readers the tools and information to understand and evaluate policy alternatives
    • Provides tools to inform the debate and to assist policy makers in resolving questions about marriage at a critical juncture
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    • Date Published: October 2012
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107623705
    • length: 358 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 152 x 19 mm
    • weight: 0.47kg
    • contains: 22 b/w illus. 10 tables
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    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 do not 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 Twenty-First 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 twenty-first-century family Marsha Garrison and Elizabeth Scott.

  • Editors

    Marsha Garrison, Brooklyn Law School
    Marsha Garrison is the Suzanne J. and Norman Miles Professor of Law at Brooklyn Law School and Secretary-General of the International Society of Family Law. She is the co-author of Family Law: Cases, Comments, and Questions (6th edition, 2007) and Law and Bioethics: Individual Autonomy and Social Regulation (2nd edition, 2009).

    Elizabeth S. Scott, Columbia University Law School
    Elizabeth Scott is the Harold R. Medina Professor of Law at Columbia University School of Law. She is the co-author of Rethinking Juvenile Justice (with Laurence Steinberg, 2008), which received the 2010 award for the best social policy book by the Society for Research in Adolescence.

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    Marsha Garrison, Elizabeth Scott, Arland Thornton, June Carbone, Naomi Cahn, Margaret F. Brinig, Rebecca Probert, Katherine Franke, Paul R. Amato, Robert E. Emery, Erin Horn, Christopher Beam, Sara McLanahan, Irwin Garfinkel, Ira Mark Ellman, Sanford L. Braver, Judith Stacey, Suzanne B. Goldberg, Carl E. Schneider, Shahar Lifshitz, Andrew Cherlin

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