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Promises I Can Keep Kathryn Edin

Promises I Can Keep By Kathryn Edin

Promises I Can Keep by Kathryn Edin


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Why do so many poor American youth continue to have children before they can afford to take care of them? This title offers a look at what marriage and motherhood mean to these women and provides the study of why they put children before marriage despite the daunting challenges they know lie ahead.

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Promises I Can Keep: Why Poor Women Put Motherhood before Marriage by Kathryn Edin

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.

About Kathryn Edin

Kathryn Edin is Associate Professor of Public Policy at Harvard University and coauthor of Making Ends Meet (1997). Maria Kefalas is Professor of Sociology at Saint Joseph's University in Philadelphia. She is the author of Working-Class Heroes (California, 2003).

Table of Contents

Preface to the 2011 Edition Introduction 1. Before We Had a Baby ... 2. When I Got Pregnant ... 3. How Does the Dream Die? 4. What Marriage Means 5. Labor of Love 6. How Motherhood Changed My Life Conclusion: Making Sense of Single Motherhood Acknowledgements Appendix A: City, Neighborhood, and Family Characteristics and Research Methods Appendix B: Interview Guide Notes References Index

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CIN0520271467VG
9780520271463
0520271467
Promises I Can Keep: Why Poor Women Put Motherhood before Marriage by Kathryn Edin
Used - Very Good
Paperback
University of California Press
20111004
320
N/A
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