Marriage in Mens Lives

Hardcover | September 1, 1998

bySteven L. Nock

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There are two marriages in every marital union, his and hers. Men and women live in worlds that are organized around gender, and their marriages reflect differing realities. As life companions, they respond to each other; but they also respond to the cultural definitions of what it means tobe a husband and a wife. What has fascinated social and behavioral scientists for several years, however, is not only that husbands' and wives' experiences are different, but also that 'his' marriage is better than 'hers'. Numerous findings have reported that married men are better off than marriedwomen on measures of both physical and mental health, but the reasons are not yet fully understood. In Marriage in Men's Lives Dr. Nock proposes an explanation to this issue. He focuses on marriage as a system of rules, customs, and expectations. The book shows that marriage changes men on basicdimensions of achievement, participation in public social life, and philanthropy because marriage reinforces such behaviors as part of adult masculinity. Men in modern society crave well-being, comfort, luxury, and prestige, and marriage affords a means of achieving these things within circumscribedlegitimate boundaries. Using a huge data base of over 6,000 interviews with men the author has studied since 1979, Nock draws some interesting and far-reaching conclusions about the nature of marriage, and predicts that marriage is definitely here to stay.

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A unique and provocative study of marriage, Marriage in Men’s Lives focuses on men and their most intimate emotional experiences. With over 6,000 interviews, the book looks at the male reality in marriage, covering its impact on personal achievement, social participation and a sense of well-being.

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There are two marriages in every marital union, his and hers. Men and women live in worlds that are organized around gender, and their marriages reflect differing realities. As life companions, they respond to each other; but they also respond to the cultural definitions of what it means tobe a husband and a wife. What has fascinated ...

Steven L. Nock is at University of Virginia.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:176 pages, 6.3 × 9.09 × 0.91 inPublished:September 1, 1998Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction2. Marriage as a Social Institution3. Marriage and Masculinity4. Adult Achievement5. Personal Communities6. When Men Help Others7. The New Normative Marriage--Is It Good for MenAppendix A. Multivariate Results for Chapter 4: Pooled Cross-Section Time-Series with Fixed EffectsAppendix B. Multivariate Results for Chapter 5: Conditional Change ModelsAppendix C. Multivariate Results for Chapter 6: Conditional Change ModelsReferencesIndex

From Our Editors

A unique and provocative study of marriage, Marriage in Men’s Lives focuses on men and their most intimate emotional experiences. With over 6,000 interviews, the book looks at the male reality in marriage, covering its impact on personal achievement, social participation and a sense of well-being.

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"The author states that 'the basic premise of this book is that marriage is the way by which most men become men' . . . He suggests ... that the most effective type of marriage for men is 'normative marriage,' which is marriage based on free choice, maturity, heterosexuality, husband as head,fidelity and monogamy, and parenthood. . . . The strength of this book is that it has some interesting findings, demonstrating that marriage changes men's lives in positive ways. Marriage makes men more conforming and contributes to social control by making them invest more in their jobs, families,and communities. Another major strength of this book is that it contributes to the understanding of men and their family lives by using longitudinal data, showing how changes in marriage are related to other aspects of men's lives over time. The author also proposes some intriguing theoreticalissues that may be an impetus for further analysis . . ."--Gender and Society