Sex Roles (2009) 60:760–763 DOI 10.1007/s11199-008-9539-7 BOOK REVIEW Singled Out: How Singles are Stereotyped, Stigmatised and Ignored, and Still Live Happily Ever After. By Bella DePaulo, New York, St Martins Griffin, 2006. 325 pp. $14.95 U. S. /$17.25 Can (paperback). ISBN-10: 0-312-34082-6 Anne Byrne Published online: 23 September 2008 Springer Science + Business Media, LLC 2008 The steady flow of published accounts and studies on the in Britain comments that without an economic base, women single life since the 19th century is testament that the single were much less effective in influencing the organisation of status continues to preoccupy the interest of scholars and industry, the church, the military and the government itself layperson alike. What is it about singleness that excites such (see p. 285). Arguably the transformation of these structures passion and puzzle? Historians, social psychologists, sociol- of power require not only the presence of women but a ogists and above all novelists have struggled to explain the fundamental shift in the ideological basis which privileges very existence of the single person, to reveal the strong social male over female, married over unmarried. In spite of notable constraints imposed by marriage, motherhood and domes- social reform activity,
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