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Marriage and Cohabitation

Arland Thornton, William G. Axinn, and Yu Xie


In an era when half of marriages end in divorce, cohabitation has become more commonplace and those who do get married are doing so at an older age. So why do people marry when they do? And why do some couples choose to cohabit? A team of family sociologists examines these questions in this book, the result of their research over the last decade on the issue of union formation. Situating their argument in the context of the Western world's 500-year history of marriage, the authors reveal what factors encourage marriage and cohabitation in a contemporary society where the end of adolescence is ... More

Keywords: marriage, cohabitation, couples, education, career aspirations, values, commitment, family history, religious affiliation, lifetime earnings

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780226798660
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: February 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226798684.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Arland Thornton, author

William G. Axinn, author

Yu Xie, author

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