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The Case for Marriage: Why Married People Are Happier, Healthier, and…

av Linda J. Waite, Maggie Gallagher (Författare)

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A groundbreaking look at marriage, one of the most basic and universal of all human institutions, which reveals the emotional, physical, economic, and sexual benefits that marriage brings to individuals and society as a whole. The Case for Marriage is a critically important intervention in the national debate about the future of family. Based on the authoritative research of family sociologist Linda J. Waite, journalist Maggie Gallagher, and a number of other scholars, this book's findings dramatically contradict the anti-marriage myths that have become the common sense of most Americans. Today a broad consensus holds that marriage is a bad deal for women, that divorce is better for children when parents are unhappy, and that marriage is essentially a private choice, not a public institution. Waite and Gallagher flatly contradict these assumptions, arguing instead that by a broad range of indices, marriage is actually better for you than being single or divorced- physically, materially, and spiritually. They contend that married people live longer, have better health, earn more money, accumulate more wealth, feel more fulfillment in their lives, enjoy more satisfying sexual relationships, and have happier and more successful children than those who remain single, cohabit, or get divorced. The Case for Marriage combines clearheaded analysis, penetrating cultural criticism, and practical advice for strengthening the institution of marriage, and provides clear, essential guidelines for reestablishing marriage as the foundation for a healthy and happy society. "A compelling defense of a sacred union. The Case for Marriage is well written and well argued, empirically rigorous and learned, practical and commonsensical." -- William J. Bennett, author of The Book of Virtues "Makes the absolutely critical point that marriage has been misrepresented and misunderstood." -- The Wall Street Journal www.broadwaybooks.com… (mer)

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Solid case for the benefits of marriage for men, women, and children. Also makes a solid case that the negative consequences of divorce are greater than the positives in most cases. Makes some decent recommendations for public policy and society to put their thumbs on the scale in favor of marriage as opposed to the alternatives. ( )
  nimrodxi | Mar 8, 2014 |
In a culture that is increasingly anti-marriage, these researchers provide a preponderance of facts illustrating the superiority of the "traditional" nuclear family to all of the alternatives we have tried to validate in recent decades. ( )
  krista.rutherford | Jan 4, 2014 |
Linda Waite is a well known sociologist who studies issues of marriage, family, and health. Many of the findings on the benefits of marriage that have been collected over the past few decades are pulled together nicely and simply here. At the same time, in their eagerness to support their thesis, the authors ignore some of the down sides of typical marital arrangements. For example, they claim that in a household economy specialization is what allows the whole to function so well. They do not proscribe which partner specializes in which function (ie childcare, cleaning, etc. vs paid labor), so they claim to be neutrally pointing out the benefits of specialization. But by ignoring the very real social forces that shape the roles into which partners are placed, they fail to address some of the fundamental flaws of the institution they are defending. They make a strong case for marriage, but by engaging a bit further with the potential downside to marriage, they could have written an even more convincing book on the topic. ( )
  tsryan | Jan 14, 2008 |
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A groundbreaking look at marriage, one of the most basic and universal of all human institutions, which reveals the emotional, physical, economic, and sexual benefits that marriage brings to individuals and society as a whole. The Case for Marriage is a critically important intervention in the national debate about the future of family. Based on the authoritative research of family sociologist Linda J. Waite, journalist Maggie Gallagher, and a number of other scholars, this book's findings dramatically contradict the anti-marriage myths that have become the common sense of most Americans. Today a broad consensus holds that marriage is a bad deal for women, that divorce is better for children when parents are unhappy, and that marriage is essentially a private choice, not a public institution. Waite and Gallagher flatly contradict these assumptions, arguing instead that by a broad range of indices, marriage is actually better for you than being single or divorced- physically, materially, and spiritually. They contend that married people live longer, have better health, earn more money, accumulate more wealth, feel more fulfillment in their lives, enjoy more satisfying sexual relationships, and have happier and more successful children than those who remain single, cohabit, or get divorced. The Case for Marriage combines clearheaded analysis, penetrating cultural criticism, and practical advice for strengthening the institution of marriage, and provides clear, essential guidelines for reestablishing marriage as the foundation for a healthy and happy society. "A compelling defense of a sacred union. The Case for Marriage is well written and well argued, empirically rigorous and learned, practical and commonsensical." -- William J. Bennett, author of The Book of Virtues "Makes the absolutely critical point that marriage has been misrepresented and misunderstood." -- The Wall Street Journal www.broadwaybooks.com

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