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The Deinstitutionalization of American Marriage

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Harman Nijjer

on 13 June 2017

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Transcript of The Deinstitutionalization of American Marriage

Born September 9.1948
Ph.D in Sociology from UCLA in 1976
Focuses on the sociology of families and public policy
Is currently a Professor at John Hopkins University
Has received a number of awards including the Distinguished Career Award from the Family Section of the American Sociological Association and the Irene B. Taeuber Award from the Population Association of America
Published author of three books

Article Summary
The rate of deinstituionalization of marriage is increasing. Factors which contribute to it include cohabitation, having babies out of marriage and same sex marriage. Females and males sought out different things from marriage. Women seek an unbreakable bond with a man, while men look to have as many children as possible. Marriage is not a necessity in life anymore. Though it remains to be very important and valued it is now seen as more symbolic.
Sociological Terms
Deinstitutionalization- The weakening of social norms that define people's behavior in a social institution such as marriage
Cohabitation-An alternative to marriage. The couple lives together instead of marrying; the sharing of a household by an unmarried couple.
Works Cited
The Deinstitutionalization of American Marriage
Andrew Cherlin
Written by : Andrew J. Cherlin
Presented by: Harman Nijjer
pgs. 586-598
Wecareaboutfamilies. "Andrew Cherlin on Marriage, Cohabitation, and Societal Trends in Family Formation." YouTube. YouTube, 25 Jan. 2013. Web. 08 June 2017.
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