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Single by chance, mothers by choice : how women are choosing parenthood without marriage and creating the new American family

Author: Rosanna Hertz
Publisher: New York : Oxford University Press, 2006.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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A remarkable number of women today are taking the daunting step of having children outside of marriage. This book offers an account of this fast-growing phenomenon, revealing how middle-class women have managed to make single parenthood work.
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Rosanna Hertz
ISBN: 9780195179903 0195179900 9780195341409 0195341406
OCLC Number: 63108349
Description: xx, 273 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: pt. 1. The big decision --
1. "Why can't I have what I want?" --
2. Liminality and the courage to change : making the decision to become a single mother --
3. Moving on : when baby makes two --
pt. 2. After baby, now what? --
Introduction : "Where do we fit?" --
4. The father as an idea --
5. Romance, intimacy, and pregnancy : father involvement outside of marriage --
6. Adoption and fitting in --
Conclusion : ordinary lives, extraordinary circumstances --
pt. 3. Composing a family --
Introduction : recycling and reconstituting families --
7. What does single mean? --
8. Downshifting careers while financing motherhood : relying on the gift-giver, the roommate, and the careworker --
9. A world without men, Amen? --
Conclusion : what does it mean to be a good mother? --
Conclusion : projecting single mothers into the future --
Epilogue : completing families, completing lives --
Appendix 1 : Demographic appendix : featured women --
Appendix 2 : Methods and sampling.
Responsibility: Rosanna Hertz.
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