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Single by Chance, Mothers by ChoiceHow Women are Choosing Parenthood without Marriage and Creating the New American Family$
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Rosanna Hertz

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780195179903

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195179903.001.0001

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Conclusion

Conclusion

Ordinary Lives, Extraordinary Circumstances

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(p.133) Conclusion
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Single by Chance, Mothers by Choice
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Rosanna Hertz

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195179903.003.0102

This chapter concludes Part II of this book. While American society has reached a new marital low point and has begun the reconstruction of family life, it has not seen the demise of the master narrative that still privileges the two-parent heterosexual genetic family. At the epicenter of the master narrative is the father, the patriarchal puppeteer of the family. Part II highlighted how women craft families to make their own look more like the “ordinary” American family. Single mothers begin to cut the strings en route to motherhood, only to find themselves dancing, on behalf of their children, to the master narrative once again.

Keywords:   single mothers, American society, master narrative, father, family life reconstruction, genetic family, motherhood

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