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Getting Married

The Public Nature of Our Private Relationships

By Carrie Yodanis, Sean Lauer

© 2017 – Routledge

116 pages

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About the Book

In Getting Married, Carrie Yodanis and Sean Lauer examine the social rules and expectations that shape our most personal relationships. How do couples get together? How do people act when they’re married? What happens when they’re not? Public factors influence our private relationships. From getting engaged to breaking up, social rules and expectations shape and constrain whom we select as a spouse, when and why we decide to get married, and how we arrange our relationships day to day.

While this book is about marriage, it is also about sociology. Yodanis and Lauer use the case of marriage to explore a sociological perspective. Getting Married will bring together students’ academic and social worlds by applying sociology to the things they are thinking about and experiencing outside of the classroom. This book is a useful tool for many sociology courses, including those on family, gender, and introduction to sociology.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction

2. Picking a partner

3. I do, you do, we all do

4. Why marry at all?

5. What about love?

6. Hooking up

7. Dating

8. The proposal and the wedding

9. Sleeping, spending time, and having sex

10. Sharing children, the work, and a name

11. Love, abuse, and calling it quits

12. Thinking about change

13. Thinking about "radical" change

14. Thinking about the rules

15. Thinking about other explanations

16. Conclusions

About the Authors

Carrie Yodanis and Sean Lauer are Associate Professors of Sociology at the University of British Columbia. Carrie does research in the sociology of the family and gender. Sean uses institutional approaches within economic sociology and the sociology of community. For over 10 years, Yodanis and Lauer have been collaborating on research that takes an institutional approach to the study of marriage.

About the Series

Sociology Re-Wired

This innovative series is for all readers interested in books that provide frameworks for making sense of the complexities of contemporary social life. Each of the books in this series uses a sociological lens to provide current critical and analytical perspectives on significant social issues, patterns and trends. The series consists of books that integrate the best ideas in sociological thought with an aim toward public education and engagement. These books are designed for use in the classroom as well as for scholars and socially curious general readers.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOC026000
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General
SOC026010
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / Marriage & Family
SOC028000
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Women's Studies
SOC032000
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Gender Studies