Single by chance, mothers by choice : how women are choosing parenthood without marriage and creating the new American family / Rosanna Hertz
- Hertz, Rosanna
- New York : Oxford University Press, 2006.
- Physical Description:
- xx, 273 pages ; 24 cm
- pt. I. The big decision -- 1. "Why can't I have what I want?" -- 2. Liminality and the courage to change : making the decision to become a single mother -- 3. Moving on : when baby makes two -- pt. II. After baby, now what? -- Introduction : "Where do we fit?" -- 4. The father as an idea -- 5. Romance, intimacy, and pregnancy : father involvement outside of marriage -- 6. Adoption and fitting in -- Conclusion : ordinary lives, extraordinary circumstances -- pt. III. Composing a family -- Introduction : recycling and reconstituting families -- 7. What does single mean? -- 8. Downshifting careers while financing motherhood : relying on the gift-giver, the roommate, and the careworker -- 9. A world without men, Amen? -- Conclusion : what does it mean to be a good mother? -- Conclusion : projecting single mothers into the future -- Epilogue : completing families, completing lives -- Appendix 1 : demographic appendix : featured women -- Appendix 2 : methods and sampling.
- 9780195179903 (cloth)
- Bibliography Note:
- Includes bibliographical references (pages -264) and index.
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