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Arland Thornton, William G. Axinn, and Yu Xie

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780226798660

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: February 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226798684.001.0001

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(p.305) CHAPTER TWELVE Conclusions
Marriage and Cohabitation

Arland Thornton

William G. Axinn

Yu Xie

University of Chicago Press

This chapter discusses the implications of research for the general understanding of the nature of marriage and cohabitation in the United States today. Although the primary interest concerns the decisions young people make about entrance into marriage and cohabitation, the transformation of cohabitations into marriages, and the intergenerational forces producing these processes, it also considers more generally the place of marriage and cohabitation in American society. The chapter considers marriage and family life in Western Europe during the 1700s, with the confidence that the candle of history can help illuminate understanding of current social relationships, and then moves on to a picture of marriage, family, and social life in the United States today.

Keywords:   marriage, cohabitation, United States, family life, Western Europe, social life, young people, social relationships, family

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