Thursday, October 12, 2017 at 4:00pm to 5:00pm
Mann Library, Stern Seminar Room 160
Cornell University Mann Library, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 14853, USA
Many couples in the United States choose to live together, a typical romantic rite of passage that has become popular today. These unmarried couples choose to forgo the marriage license and commit to one another in a contemporary union. Yet we know very little about this new “normal.” At what point in the relationship do people decide to move in together, and why?
In a Chats in the Stacks book talk, Sharon Sassler, professor of policy analysis and management in the College of Human Ecology, will present her new book Cohabitation Nation: Gender, Class, and the Remaking of Relationships (University of California Press; Aug. 15, 2017), coauthored by Amanda Miller, associate professor of sociology at the University of Indianapolis.
Drawing on in-depth interviews with couples who shared their relationship stories and their dreams for the future, Sharon Sassler will provide us with an inside view of how cohabiting relationships play out before and after couples move in together. Her research explores the he said/she said of romantic dynamics, delving into hot-button issues, such as housework, birth control, finances, and expectations for a future life together. Sassler will discuss the impacts of social class and education on romantic relationships in an era of economic uncertainty, and what it means to live together in the 21st century.
Light refreshments served.
The book talk series at Mann Library is supported by the Mary A. Morrison Public Education Fund.