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Single by Chance, Mothers by ChoiceHow Women are Choosing Parenthood without Marriage and Creating the New American Family$
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Rosanna Hertz

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780195179903

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195179903.001.0001

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Liminality And The Courage To Change

Liminality And The Courage To Change

Making the Decision to Become a Single Mother

(p.21) 2 Liminality And The Courage To Change
Single by Chance, Mothers by Choice

Rosanna Hertz

Oxford University Press

A generation or two earlier, Gina Schecter might reasonably have assumed that the men she was dating were both potential partners and potential fathers. However, when her latest relationship ended, she concluded that she faced two pursuits: one for a child and the other for a partner. In her case, as in most of the women interviewed, baby came first. She found herself in a series of relationships that were going nowhere if she wanted a child. Her account represents the experiences of many women in this study who were stuck without a partner willing to co-parent. Liminality creates a new context, riskily embraced by middle-class women who seek to establish a new family life.

Keywords:   Gina Schecter, dating men, potential fathers, co-parent, family life, middle-class women, liminality

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