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University of Central Oklahoma Sociology Professor Provides Relationship Research

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

University of Central Oklahoma Sociology Professor Provides Relationship Research

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Research by a University of Central Oklahoma sociology professor is getting national attention.

Amanda Miller's research, titled "Waiting to be Asked: Gender, Power and Relationship Progression Among Cohabitating Couples," explores how working and middle-class cohabitating couples negotiate the progression of their relationships. Sharon Sassler at Cornell University is co-author of the research.

Rather than grand gestures and surprise proposals, many of today's couples lean on negotiation and planning when to get engaged and married, according to the research by Miller, an assistant professor of sociology at UCO.

The research has been receiving attention including interviews for the syndicated National Public Radio show Here and Now, the Sydney Morning Herald in Australia and the Wall Street Journal, as well as references in the book A Little Bit Married by Hannah Seligson.

In her interview on NPR's Here and Now, Miller said an engagement negotiation is a situation where couples mutually decide when to marry and sometimes how their engagement will take place.

Miller said the approach is more common among middle-class couples, as female partners in those relationships are typically as educated as and have professional occupations like their partners, thus providing them with greater power than their working-class counterparts.

"With their greater power comes a newfound confidence, causing women to be the usual instigators in bringing up the talk of marriage or moving into shared living arrangements," said Miller. …

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