Public Vows: A History of Marriage and the Nation by Nancy F. Cott Linda C. McClain Shoring up the institution of marriage is a theme in the "marIn this essay, I will situate the contemporary calls to shore up riage movement" and in recent legislative debates over welfare marriage as a manifestation of this historical view that the fate reform and family policy. One common premise is that strengthof marriage is bound up with the fate of the Nation. I will elabening marriage and renewing a "marriage culture" is vital to orate the justifications offered today, suggesting the fundamennational health and that the best way for government, at all levtal continuity as well as discontinuity with older themes about els, to strengthen and support families and to foster the wellmarriage and citizenship. Today, calls to promote marriage recbeing of children is to promote and support marriage (Marriage ognize the vital role of the institution of marriage in shaping Movement; Bush, 2002) Calls to renew civil society identify responsible citizens in gendered ways. Strikingly, it is men who marital, two-parent families as foremost among the seedbeds of are perceived as most in need of such cultural regulation, and civic
The Good Society – Penn State University Press
Published: Aug 1, 2002
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