ANDREW J. CHERLIN is the Benjamin H. Griswold III Professor of Public Policy in the Department of Sociology at the Johns Hopkins University.
"A cogent, balanced analysis of why the gap between the 'haves' and 'have-nots' has grown in family life as well as economic life. Culture counts in family out-comes, Cherlin explains, but its impact is filtered through income inequality and job instability in ways that can't be solved by a return to 'traditional' values. A must-read for policy-makers and concerned citizens."--STEPHANIE COONTZ, Evergreen State University
"America's top scholar of families has given us a masterful and sobering overview of the changing fate of the working class. Their relational standards for marriage sound ever more middle class, while their nonmarital births and unstable relation-ships are reminiscent of patterns limited to the poor decades ago."--PAULA ENGLAND, New York University
"Without a doubt, Cherlin's account of the changing circumstance of working- class families is the most comprehensive, engaging, and convincing explanation of why and how our family system has changed in the past half century. His book will be relished by historians and sociologists alike."--FRANK F. FURSTENBERG, University of Pennsylvania