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The Marriage Problem: How Our Culture Has Weakened Families

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There are two Americas. One boasts solid families, well-paying jobs, safe homes, and good education. The other has children raised by one parent, poor neighborhoods, crime, and low-paying jobs. What has caused the divide? In this penetrating study, James Q. Wilson argues that the answer lies in the importance of marriage and the devastating effects of divorce and cohabitat ...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Published March 4th 2003 by Harper Paperbacks (first published 2002)
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Feb 10, 2013 PlatKat rated it liked it
It was every bit as sexist and oppressive as I expected it to be, just another log on the fire of men making judgments on what women should do to improve their lives. Before I start sounding all femiragey, I should point out that the book isn't really about people like me. It mostly discusses the problems with having illegitimate children at an early age, how minorities are at a higher risk, and the prevalence of divorces. Like most works of its kind it makes two hideously incorrect assumptions: ...more
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Jan 05, 2011 Fred R rated it really liked it
Serious, thoughtful, well supported. Everything you expect from James Q. Wilson.
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James Q. Wilson was one of the leading contemporary criminologists in the United States. Wilson, who has taught at several major universities during his academic career, has also written on economics and politics during his lengthy career. During the 1960s and 1970s, Wilson voiced concerns about trying to address the social causes of crime. He argued instead that public policy is most effective wh ...more
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