The Future of Marriage

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Yale University Press, 1982 - 383 Seiten
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When The Future of Marriage was first published it was immediately acclaimed as a classic contribution to the literature of marriage and of sex roles. In it, the eminent sociologist Jessie Bernard argued that in ever marriage there are actually two marriages--his and hers--and that sociological data reveals that marriage is more beneficial for men than for women. The institution of marriage will survive, asserted Bernard, but only to the extent that attention is paid to the features that make it a less attractive option for women than for men.
In a new edition of this pioneering work, Bernard provides a fresh introduction and update showing what has changed and what has remained the same since her book was first published. Bernard's discussion of the evolution in marital behavior, perspective, and knowledge in the last decade underscores the relevance of her initial study; the disparity between his and her marriages, hotly debated when it was first proposed, is now a basic assumption in our thinking.
As Bernard predicted, couples today are struggling to improve the institution of marriage for both participants, by working out dual careers, shared parenthood, and a combination of personal autonomy and family cooperation. The Future of Marriage remains an essential resource--to those who are studying the family and those who are creating one.
 

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Chapter One The Two Marriages
3
Chapter Two The Husbands Marriage
15
Chapter Three The Wifes Marriage
26
Chapter Four Their Children
54
Chapter Five Marriages Past and Its Present Future
77
Chapter Six Can Any Number Play?
108
Chapter Seven Are Some More Equal than Others?
125
Chapter Eight Other Things Being Equal but Are They?
156
Chapter Eleven The SharedRole Pattern
248
Chapter Twelve Toting It All Up
269
Afterword
290
Update
295
Tables
305
Notes
329
References
343
Index
377

Chapter Nine Male Prophets and Prophecies
185
Chapter Ten Female Prophets and Prophecies
210

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A pioneer American feminist sociologist, Jessie Bernard conducted groundbreaking research in the area of gender roles and the changing character of the family. She studied with Pitirim A. Sorokin at the University of Minnesota and received her Ph.D. from Washington University in 1935. Bernard began her career in sociology as a promoter of social positivism but later became an outspoken feminist. She is perhaps best known for her work on gender roles and the future of relationships between men and women.

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