Departmental Papers (Sociology)

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Escape from Poverty: What Makes a Difference for Children?

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One of the first lessons taught in sociology in the 1960s was that marriage was a universal or nearly universal institution. A cultural mechanism for regulating the potentially conflicting claims and obligations of parenthood, marriage simultaneously grants paternity rights to fathers and their families while ensuring social recognition and economic support for childbearers and their offspring. Marriage provides an added benefit for children by connecting them to a wider network of adults who have a stake in their long-term development (Malinowski, 1930; Davis, 1939).

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“This material has been published in Escape from Poverty: What Makes a Difference for Poor Children? edited by P. Lindsay Chase-Lansdale and J. Brooks-Gunn. This version is free to view and download for personal use only. Not for re-distribution, re-sale or use in derivative works. ©1995 Cambridge University Press.”



Date Posted: 12 June 2017