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Cohabitation Nation: Gender, Class, and the Remaking of Relationships

Sharon Sassler and Amanda Jayne Miller
Format
Book
Published
Oakland, California : University of California Press, [2017]
Language
English
ISBN
9780520286979, 0520286979, 9780520286986, 0520286987
Summary
"Living together is a typical romantic rite-of-passage in the United States today. In fact, census data shows a 37 percent increase of couples who choose to commit to and live with one another, foregoing marriage. And yet we know very little about this new 'normal' in romantic life--when do people decide to move in together, why do they do so, and what happens to them over time? Drawing upon in-depth interviews, Sharon Sassler and Amanda Jayne Miller provide us with an inside view of how cohabiting relationships play out before and after couples move in together, using couples' stories to explore the 'he said' and 'she said' of romantic dynamics. Delving into hot button issues--such as housework, birth control, finances, and expectations for the future--Sassler and Miller deliver surprising insights about the impact of class and education on how relationships unfold. Showcasing the words, thoughts, and conflicts of couples themselves, Cohabitation Nation offers a riveting and sometimes counterintuitive look at the way we live now"--Provided by publisher.
Contents
  • Cohabitation : exploring contemporary courtship trajectories
  • In the beginning : becoming a couple
  • Shacking up, living in sin, saving on rent? : the process of moving in together
  • "I like hugs, I like kisses, but what I really love is help with the dishes" : the dance of domesticity
  • Family planning or failing to plan? : communication, contraception, and conception
  • For better or for worse? : perceptions of cohabitation, marriage and parenthood
  • Waiting to be asked or taking the bull by the horns? : gender and social class differences in marriage talk, proposals, and wedding planning
  • Cohabitation nation? : the role of gender and social class in relationship progression
  • Appendix A : Interview guide
  • Appendix B : Methods and sample information
  • Appendix C : Specific characteristics of cohabitating couples.
Description
xiii, 277 pages ; 23 cm
Notes
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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