Marriage, the Family, and Personal Fulfillment

By David A. Schulz; Stanley F. Rodgers | Go to book overview

15 DEVELOPING STYLES FOR SINGLES

Just what life will offer single individuals is up to them. They can follow any or all roads today and any or all life-styles. From the quiet, dull rural life one can enter the hustle-bustle of the big city. Living alone or in a singles building, joining a singles club or finding your own dates are simple choices in this day and age. There is now, away from the small communes, something for everyone.

Rosalyn Moran


INTRODUCTION

The category of persons frequently lumped together under the title "singles" is much more heterogeneous than most groupings we make. If we mean by "single" anyone who does not happen at a particular time to have a legal mate--is not married--then we must include in this group those who have never married, those who are divorced or separated, and those who are widowed. The only factor all these people have in common is that at the time in question they are not married.

Because of the tremendous pressure to marry in our society, few researchers seriously consider the single life style as a viable alternative in its own right. Indeed, until recently, few Americans seriously considered remaining single as a viable life- long life style; for most people, being single was the result of failure to marry, failure at marriage, or the accidents of fate that determine widowhood. Because marriage is

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents ix
  • Preface xv
  • 1 - Introduction 12
  • Part One - On Becoming Partners 15
  • 2 - On Partnerships 16
  • Introduction 17
  • 3 - Confirmation and Communication 35
  • 4 - Conflict in Intimate Partnerships 55
  • Introduction 79
  • 5 - Developing Partnerships 81
  • Part Two - Human Sexuality 111
  • 6 - The Biology of Sex and Reproduction 112
  • Introduction 113
  • 7 - On Birth Control 145
  • Introduction 170
  • 8 - The Art of Lovemaking 173
  • 9 - Sex Roles and Social Interaction 195
  • Part Three - Marriage 213
  • 10 - Marriage in Historical and Cultural Perspective 214
  • Introduction 215
  • 11 - Husbands and Wives 239
  • 12 - Parents and Children 269
  • Introduction 285
  • Summary 304
  • 14 - Disorganization and Divorce 307
  • Introduction 324
  • Part Four - Alternatives 327
  • 15 - Developing Styles for Singles 329
  • 16 - Communes and Multiple Marriages 349
  • Part Five - The Future of Marriage 371
  • 17 - Fantasies, Forecasts, and Trends 372
  • Introduction 373
  • Selected Bibliography 393
  • Index 403
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