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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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What Does Single Mean?

What Does Single Mean?

(p.141) 7 What Does Single Mean?
Single by Chance, Mothers by Choice

Rosanna Hertz

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines the nuances of how the women interviewed are defined as single. In terms of the lay definition of single—not married—both lovers and parenting partners are relevant. With the increase of motherhood outside of marriage, today's families have at their core not the adult couple but the mother-child relationship. This chapter illustrates the variations that can occur when the romantic couple is no longer the center of a two-parent family. Ironically, many women would have preferred to build their families on the romantic couple model, and they continued to hope that with baby would come love, which in turn would lead in the direction of a nuclear family.

Keywords:   nuclear family, single motherhood, love, marriage, parenting partners, romantic couple

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