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Enduring Bonds

Inequality, Marriage, Parenting, and Everything Else That Makes Families Great and Terrible

Philip N. Cohen (Author)


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In Enduring Bonds, Philip N. Cohen, renowned sociologist and blogger of the wildly popular and insightful Family Inequality, examines the complex landscape of today's diverse families. Through his interpretive lens and lively discussions, Cohen encourages us to alter our point of view on families, sharing new ideas about the future of marriage, the politics of research, and how data can either guide or mislead us. Deftly balancing personal stories and social science research, and accessibly written for students, Cohen shares essays that tie current events to demographic data. Class-tested in Cohen’s own lectures and courses, Enduring Bonds challenges students to think critically about the role of families, gender, and inequality in our society today. 

Chapter 1. Modernity, Parenting, and Families

1. Why Don’t Parents Name Their Daughters Mary Anymore?
2. “Parenting” through the (Only Very Recent) Ages
3. How Do They Do It?
4. Parenting Survivor Bias
5. Santa’s Magic, Children’s Wisdom, and Inequality

Chapter 2. Marriage, Single Mothers, and Poverty

1. What Does It Take to Eliminate Poverty?
2. Reducing Poverty through Marriage
3. Single Mothers and Crime

Chapter 3. Marriage Promotion

1. We Can’t Build Our Social System around Marriage Anymore
2. Marriage (Not) Promoted
3. Turns Out Marriage and Income Inequality Go Pretty Well Together
4. Marriage Promotion and the Myth of Teen Pregnancy
5. The Marriage Movement Has Failed (Long Live the Marriage Movement)
6. Getting Serious about Promoting Marriage to End Poverty

Chapter 4. Marriage Equality in Social Science and the Courts

Chapter 5. Doing Dimorphism

1. Gender Wars and the Defense of Difference
2. Pink and Blue
3. Braced for Beauty

Chapter 6. Gender Inequality

1. Gender Segregation at the New York Times
2. The Gender Gap Gets It from All Sides
3. Gender Shifts in Families
4. That Feminist Viral Statistic Meme

Chapter 7. Race, Gender, and Families

1. Black Is Not a Color
2. Black Women’s Educational Success
3. Detroit’s Grueling Demographic Decline
4. What They Say about Race When They Don’t Say Anything about Race
5. Race, Racism, and Missing Marriages

Chapter 8. Feminism and Sexuality

1. Not Your Feminist Grandmother’s Patriarchy
2. Does Sleeping with a Guy on the First Date Make Him Less Likely to Call Back?
3. Is the Price of Sex Too Damn Low?
4. Getting beyond How The Factual Feminist Is Wrong about the Prevalence of Rape
5. Why I Don’t Defend the Sex-versus-Gender Distinction
6. Does Doing Difference Deny Dominance?

Philip N. Cohen is Professor of Sociology at the University of Maryland, College Park. He is the author of The Family: Diversity, Inequality, and Social Change and the Family Inequality blog. His essays have appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, and The Atlantic.

"A must read. … Whether you agree with all his conclusions or not, you can absolutely trust Philip Cohen’s data and his integrity."—Stephanie Coontz, author of The Way We Never Were: American Families and the Nostalgia Trap

Cohen pulls no punches, exposing sloppy science, bad policy, and persistent prejudices."— Lisa Wade, author of American Hookup: The New Culture of Sex on Campus. 

"Engaged social science at its best. … Cohen represents the best our profession has to offer on some of the most pressing social, cultural, and economic issues of our turbulent times."—William T. Bielby, University of Illinois, Chicago, and former President, American Sociological Association

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