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Enduring Bonds

Inequality, Marriage, Parenting, and Everything Else That Makes Families Great and Terrible

Philip N. Cohen


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In Enduring Bonds, Philip N. Cohen, renowned sociologist and blogger of the wildly popular and insightful Family Inequality, examines the complex landscape of today's diverse families. Through his interpretive lens and lively discussions, Cohen encourages us to alter our point of view on families, sharing new ideas about the future of marriage, the politics of research, and how data can either guide or mislead us. Deftly balancing personal stories and social science research, and accessibly written for students, Cohen shares essays that tie current events to demographic data. Class-tested in Cohen’s own lectures and courses, Enduring Bonds challenges students to think critically about the role of families, gender, and inequality in our society today. 

Praise For Enduring Bonds: Inequality, Marriage, Parenting, and Everything Else That Makes Families Great and Terrible

"Enduring Bonds was purposefully assembled to be read in the classroom . . . . but is written in very accessible plain-language prose that makes the work legible to the non-specialist while also not compromising on the rigor of analysis demanded by complex population-level data and assessment of policy success (or failure). Highly recommended to those interested in how socioeconomic inequality is transmuted through and by our families; our political moment, perhaps now more than ever, demands that we interrogate the question of who “gets to” be a family (and what families we do or don’t protect, as a society) from an unapologetic position of social justice advocacy. Cohen offers useful data and arguments for us to draw on in that struggle."  
— Dosis

University of California Press, 9780520292383, 272pp.

Publication Date: February 6, 2018

About the Author

Philip N. Cohen is Professor of Sociology at the University of Maryland, College Park. He is the author of The Family: Diversity, Inequality, and Social Change and the Family Inequality blog. His essays have appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, and The Atlantic.