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The Age of Independence: Interracial Unions, Same-Sex Unions, and the Changing American Family

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Complementing analysis of census data from the entire 20th century with in-depth interviews that explore the histories of families and couples, this text proposes a conceptual model to explain many social changes that may seem unrelated but that flow from the same underlying logic.
Hardcover, 280 pages
Published March 31st 2007 by Harvard University Press
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Feb 26, 2010 Elevate Difference rated it really liked it
Michael Rosenfeld’s The Age of Independence is refreshing, yet scholarly application of demography. Though demography is often seen as merely a slew of statistics flat on a page, in actuality it is the soul of society spelled out as best we can. So do not fear the potential for academic formulaic boredom; it may be there, but it is adeptly soared over into a realm of accessible, interesting, and relevant information about the changing American family.

Rosenfeld argues that the substantial rise in
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Nov 12, 2009 Rose rated it really liked it
Interesting thesis that the changes in familiy structure in the 20th century affected the growth of an independent life stage. young people were then out from under the influence of "family government" and more able to form partnerships that would have been prevented by their parents.
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