Liminality And The Courage To Change
Making the Decision to Become a Single Mother
A generation or two earlier, Gina Schecter might reasonably have assumed that the men she was dating were both potential partners and potential fathers. However, when her latest relationship ended, she concluded that she faced two pursuits: one for a child and the other for a partner. In her case, as in most of the women interviewed, baby came first. She found herself in a series of relationships that were going nowhere if she wanted a child. Her account represents the experiences of many women in this study who were stuck without a partner willing to co-parent. Liminality creates a new context, riskily embraced by middle-class women who seek to establish a new family life.
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