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Review & Comments: Marriage and Cohabitation

by Arland Thornton, William Axinn, and Yu Xie
Published by University of Chicago Press, 2007

Several scholars have now read Marriage and Cohabitation and provided comments and reviews about the book. The statements that have come to our attention are listed below with reference links.

Gordon A. Carmichael, Australian National University - "A must-read for those with a scholarly interest in contemporary family-formation trends in the United States and other developed countries"

Catherine L. Cohan, , Pennsylvania State University - "Particularly compelling is the power of variables present before or at the time of the birth of the target children to predict the timing and choice of cohabitation or marriage"

Norval D. Glenn, University of Texas at Austin - "Family demographers will find it invaluable, and other kinds of scholars and researchers will find it very useful"

Frances Goldscheider, Brown University - "An important book that should be read by anyone who cares about research on young adulthood in the United States....full of insights and provocative findings linking the generations"

Kathleen Kiernan, University of York - "Analyses clearly show the strong and lasting effects of a wide range of intergenerational factors for the marriage and cohabiting behaviour of offspring"

Kara Joyner, Bowling Green State University - "....I urge scholars studying families and the life course to check out this book....it has some gems that make it an essential book on academic reading lists."

Daniel T. Lichter, Cornell University - "raises important questions about demographic momentum....built into the American family system. Cohabitation, early marriage and unwed childbearing in one generation are seemingly passed along and amplified in....the next generation."

S. Philip Morgan, Duke University - "Applying state-of-the-art analytic strategies to data from a rich, multigenerational, longitudinal data archive,...... describe[s] both changes and previously underappreciated historical continuity in contemporary marriage/cohabitation"

Lixia Qu, Australian Institute of Family Studies - "The literature review is extensive, ... results are easy to understand, and the findings... are insightful".

Sharon Sassler, Cornell University - "findings are often new and interesting, such as those relating to parents' and young adults' attitudes and beliefs....and the way they influence the choice between cohabitation and marriage".

Megan Sweeney, UCLA - "Deserves recognition for the remarkable breadth and depth of understanding it offers about union formation among young adults at the close of the twentieth century".

Maria Carolina Tomás, University of California at Berkeley - "The book is a must read for family researchers."

Martin K. Whyte, Harvard University - "Display[s] an unusual mix of historical sensitivity and statistical rigor, and the result is an authoritative account of the shape and meaning of this fundamental change in how we Americans form our unions"