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Promises I can keep : why poor women put motherhood before marriage

Author: Kathryn Edin; Maria Kefalas
Publisher: Berkeley : University of California Press, ©2005.
Edition/Format:   Book : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Over a span of five years, [the authors] talked in-depth with 162 low-income single moms ... to learn how they think about marriage and family. [This book] offers an intimate look at what marriage and motherhood mean to these women and provides [an] extensive on-the-ground study ... of why they put children before marriage despite the daunting challenges they know lie ahead.. [This book] argues that until poor young  Read more...
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Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Kathryn Edin; Maria Kefalas
ISBN: 0520241134 9780520241138 9780520248199 0520248198 9780520271463 0520271467
OCLC Number: 57750836
Description: 293 p. : ill., maps ; 24 cm.
Contents: "Before we had a baby ..." --
"When I got pregnant ..." --
How does the dream die? --
What marriage means --
Labor of love --
How motherhood changed my life --
Making sense of single motherhood.
Responsibility: Kathryn Edin + Maria Kefalas.
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The authors provide a wholly new framework for understanding why poor women have lower rates of marriage and have children outside of wedlock.  Read more...

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"Edin and Kefalas provide an original and convincing argument for why low-income women continue to embrace motherhood while postponing and raising the bar on marriage. This book is a must read for Read more...

 
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