Promises I Can Keep: Why Poor Women Put Motherhood Before Marriage (Paperback)

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    Kathryn Edin is Associate Professor of Public Policy at Harvard University and coauthor ofMaking Ends Meet (1997). Maria Kefalas is Professor of Sociology at Saint Joseph's University in Philadelphia. She is the author ofWorking-Class Heroes (California, 2003).
    Millie Acevedo bore her first child before the age of 16 and dropped out of high school to care for her newborn. Now 27, she is the unmarried mother of three and is raising her kids in one of Philadelphia's poorest neighborhoods. Would she and her children be better off if she had waited to have them and had married their father first? Why do so many poor American youth like Millie continue to have children before they can afford to take care of them?

    Over a span of five years, sociologists Kathryn Edin and Maria Kefalas talked in-depth with 162 low-income single moms like Millie to learn how they think about marriage and family.Promises I Can Keep offers an intimate look at what marriage and motherhood mean to these women and provides the most extensive on-the-ground study to date of why they put children before marriage despite the daunting challenges they know lie ahead.

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    ISBN 9780520271463
    Genre SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / Marriage & Family
    Format Paperback
    Pages 293
    Publisher Date 2011-10-04 00:00:00.0
    Publisher Univ of California Pr
    Copyright Year 2011
    Wdth 6.0 in
    Thickness 0.75 in
    Unit weight 0.95 lb
    Height 9.25 in
    Language English
    Subtitle Why Poor Women Put Motherhood Before Marriage
    Audience College/higher education
    Authors Edin, Kathryn
    Country of Origin United States

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