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Single by Chance, Mothers by Choice: How Women are Choosing Parenthood without Marriage and Creating the New American Family

Rosanna Hertz


A remarkable number of women today are taking the daunting step of having children outside of marriage. This book offers a full-scale account of this fast-growing phenomenon, revealing why these middle class women are taking this unorthodox path and how they have managed to make single parenthood work for them. Sixty-five women were interviewed—ranging from physicians and financial analysts to social workers, teachers, and secretaries—who speak candidly about how they manage their lives and families as single mothers. What the research discovers are not ideologues but reluctant revolutionaries ... More

Keywords: middle class women, single parenthood, motherhood, rules, child-rearing

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780195179903
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195179903.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Rosanna Hertz, author
Wellesley College