A History of Marriage Systems

Hardcover | May 1, 1988

byG. Robina Quale

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"Readers seeking a historical and cross-cultural treatment of marriage and the family will not be disappointed by this book. A readable and comprehensive account of marriage, rich in colorful social history, Quale's work excels in the comparison of lines of development among the foremost cultures of the world. Particularly impressive in this regard is her treatment of the Eastern civilizations and how these differed from what demographic historians have come to call the West European pattern' of marriage....Although written as a history, this book should be of interest to students of the family in the social sciences. While it is not a path-breaking work in the sense of providing significant novel conceptual or theoretical insights, it skillfully incorporates theoretical and empirical contributions from a multitude of disciplines. It devotes considerable attention to contemporary trends and consistently relates the institution of the family to the overall socioeconomic, political, and demographic contingencies within society....Quale has written an important book that contains a wealth of useful informaton and deserves serious consideration for use in graduate and undergraduate instruction." Journal of Marriage and the Family

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"Readers seeking a historical and cross-cultural treatment of marriage and the family will not be disappointed by this book. A readable and comprehensive account of marriage, rich in colorful social history, Quale's work excels in the comparison of lines of development among the foremost cultures of the world. Particularly impressive i...

Format:HardcoverDimensions:415 pages, 5.98 × 9.01 × 1.06 inPublished:May 1, 1988Publisher:GREENWOOD PRESS INC.

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ISBN - 10:0313260109

ISBN - 13:9780313260100

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?This interesting monograph, number 13 in the Greenwood Press Contributions in Families Studies series, traces the development of marriage institutions from prehistoric times to the present. It is not so much a history as a sociological survey in an historical context. It sees marriage as more than an alliance between two individuals. Marriage is also a fundamental mechanism regulating the relationships among families; and between families and individuals on one hand, and society at large on the other. This is not a new idea. But Quale's organization and presentaion of data and concepts makes her book a useful one-volume introduction to a subject which is usually treated only in scholarly journals and thus nearly inaccessible to anyone but specialists. Her bibliography is extensive. . . . The many tables in the back of the book are useful and informative, and the index is unusually complete.?-American Library Book Review