Cohabitation, an alternative to marriage?: A cross-national by Geertje Else Wiersma (auth.)

By Geertje Else Wiersma (auth.)

1. history within the final ten years there was a lot renowned discus­ sion and likewise a very good scholarly curiosity within the so-called "alternative existence" (1). ESgecially, because the overdue 1J60's, a variety of life except the extended family started to emerge, in accordance with demographic adjustments in family compositions in the past decade (US Bureau of Census, 1979; Centraal Bureau voor de Statistiek, 1930). One way of life, non-marital cohabitation, has elevated such a lot dra­ matically through the ~ast ten years and is the topic of this examine. The time period cohabitation might be used completely during the rest of this examine to consult hetero­ sexual who're residing jointly with out being married legally. regardless of its contemporary swift bring up, one aren't disregard the truth that cohabitation, compared to criminal marriage, continues to be an alternate practiced by means of a minority of the at any ?oint in time. For the Netherlands, it really is anticipated that 7 percentage of all reside jointly single, and ninety three percentage are married (Straver, 1981). This cohabitation cost is set two times as low compared to charges in international locations like Sweden and Denmark the place they're sixteen percentage (the maximum cost in Europe) and thirteen percentage (Trost, 1979), yet nonetheless approximately two times as excessive when put next to the three percentage estimate for the us (Macklin, 1980).

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The couple as a social system: its structural-functional pattern The concept structure, a term well defined within social system theory, refers to the network of recurring normative relationship patterns that exist between any two members of the system (adapted from KOoy, 1967; Merton, 1957). This study, which concerns itself with couples, will therefore study the interaction patterns between dyadic partners. Similarly so, the concept function is a well defined term. Merton (1957) defined the function of a social system as a special type of consequence of the structure which helps to maintain it.

They rejected the increasing- 30 ly popular trend among young couples to do so. And, one might wonder with a certain irony, who are in fact the "deviant" ones? Under the heading "position", the extent to which the two groups differ in the privatization of their personal relationships will be further explored. Considering the existing literature, cohabitants are expected to participate less in societal institutions such as: the extended family, the church, und the government, general level hypotheses and sub-hypotheses are derived and listed in Appendix B.

Degree of Individuation" is one of the various variables upon which cohabitants and marrieds are expected to differ, and is selected for a further exploratory analysis. The rationale for selecting this variable is given in Chapter 2, where this construct is introduced as one of the major themes of the study. The following chart presents besides marital status all other selected variables that might cause a difference in degree of individuation, and functions more or less as a blueprint for the exploratory analysis.

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