In his first major polemical work since The Moral Sense, distinguished criminologist and noted essayist James Q. Wilson tackles the root cause of civilization's decline - the collapse of traditional family life and family structure. James Wilson offers an alarming portrait of modern marriage and argues that we must reassess our values to preserve the strength of family in a culture in which divorce and single parenthood have become more widespread than ever. Wilson evaluates statistics that showcase the disturbing consequences of the rising instances of cohabitation versus marriage, and single parenthood, on children: Higher drop-out rates, higher rates of teen-age pregnancy, and a greater propensity for emotional problems, bad behaviour, drug use, and criminal activity. Wilson tackles the sensitive subjects of women's rights and African American slavery, detailing how these developments have had lasting, mostly negative effects on modern-day family structure. With a keen eye, he documents the history of government aid to single mothers, and how that support has led to an increasing number of illegitimate births.Utilizing his knowledge of American history, Wilson argues that slavery created a maternally based African American society in which children and mothers learned not to rely on the presence or support of fathers. In addition to this candid analysis, Wilson points the way toward possible answers, admitting it will be a long, hard road to restoring the authority of marriage.
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Book Description Harper Paperbacks, 2003. Book Condition: New. Brand New, Unread Copy in Perfect Condition. A+ Customer Service! Summary: There are two Americas. One boasts solid families, well-paying jobs, safe homes, and good education. The other has children raised by one parent, poor neighborhoods, crime, and low-paying jobs. What has caused the divide? In this penetrating study, James Q. Wilson argues that the answer lies in the importance of marriage and the devastating effects of divorce and cohabitation. Wilson's meticulous research shows how the erosion of family life has damaged children's futures, leading to school dropouts, teenage pregnancy, and a greater likelihood of emotional problems, drug use, and criminal activity. With precision and persuasiveness, he reveals the sources of today's crisis -- from the glittering ideals of the Enlightenment to the shameful practice of American slavery -- while also offering bold solutions. Incisive, intelligent, and thought-provoking, The Marriage Problem is a clarion call to rebuild the family, and society, by returning a solid marital structure to its core. Bookseller Inventory # ABE_book_new_006093526X
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