Reading Recommendations: Relationships & Inequality Edition
October 2, 2017 1:37 PM   Subscribe

I'm going down a rabbit hole with my reading lately and am looking for books and articles on the intersection(s) of courtship/love/marriage/child-rearing and economic class/income inequality/educational attainment.

Ideally, these books and articles will have been published in the last 5-ish years, although I do appreciate it when authors put current trends into historical context. Given that I'm in the US, most of my reading has focused on socioeconomic trends among American families, although I'm not averse to branching out. Currently (and with a little sadness-- I almost hate finishing a good book), I'm wrapping up Marriage Markets: How Inequality is Remaking the American Family.

Any good suggestions out there? As academic as you please-- I've got Jstor access and I'm not afraid to use it!
posted by schooley to Education (7 answers total) 10 users marked this as a favorite
 


Also from the Atlantic:
America, Home of the Transactional Marriage (2017)
posted by Lycaste at 2:30 PM on October 2


I have not read it but Moira Weigel's Labor of Love: The Invention of Dating got some publicity last year.
posted by crazy with stars at 2:52 PM on October 2


Promises I Can Keep: Why Poor Women Put Children Before Marriage. Published in 2005; based on in-depth interviews with 162 white, African American and Latina women in Philadelphia over a period of five years.

I liked it -- it's accessible without falling into facile pop sociology, and it's solidly sourced without being swallowed by academ-ese.
posted by virago at 6:04 PM on October 2


I recently read and enjoyed Rebecca Traister's All the Single Ladies, which might not be 100% what you're looking for, but it overlaps in a lot of ways.
posted by ferret branca at 7:56 PM on October 2


If you're open to (academic) blogs, "Inequality by (Interior) Design" might be of interest. The older posts probably fit more precisely into this rabbit hole, but the whole thing is quite good.

Laura Kipnis's Against Love is more theoretical than sociological, but definitely thinks marriage through a Marxist lens in provocative and often quite intriguing ways.
posted by dizziest at 8:04 PM on October 2


Elizabeth Warren & her daughter Amelia Warren Tyagi's The Two Income Trap: Why Middle Class Parents Are (Still) Going Broke focuses on the middle class and is from 2003, but is still relevant and informative.
posted by carrioncomfort at 7:49 AM on October 3


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