Not Just Roommates: Cohabitation after the Sexual Revolution

Paperback | June 12, 2012

byElizabeth H. Pleck

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The late twentieth century has seen a fantastic expansion of personal, sexual, and domestic liberties in the United States. In Not Just Roommates, Elizabeth H. Pleck explores the rise of cohabitation, and the changing social norms that have allowed cohabitation to become the chosen lifestyle of more than fifteen million Americans.

Despite this growing social acceptance, Pleck contends that when it comes to the law, cohabitors have been, and continue to be, treated as second-class citizens, subjected to discriminatory laws, limited privacy, a lack of political representation, and little hope for change. Because cohabitation is not a sexual identity, Pleck argues, cohabitors face the legal discrimination of a population with no group identity, no civil rights movement, no legal defense organizations, and, often, no consciousness of being discriminated against. Through in-depth research in written sources and interviews, Pleck shines a light on the emergence of cohabitation in American culture, its complex history, and its unpleasant realities in the present day.

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The late twentieth century has seen a fantastic expansion of personal, sexual, and domestic liberties in the United States. In Not Just Roommates, Elizabeth H. Pleck explores the rise of cohabitation, and the changing social norms that have allowed cohabitation to become the chosen lifestyle of more than fifteen million Americans.Despi...

Elizabeth Pleck is professor emerita of history and human development and family studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She has edited nine books about the history of American families. Her most recent book is Love of Freedom: Black Women in Colonial and Revolutionary New England.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.9 inPublished:June 12, 2012Publisher:University Of Chicago PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0226671046

ISBN - 13:9780226671048

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations

Chapter One:  Introduction
Chapter Two: Night Falls in Miami Beach
Chapter Three: Welfare Rights
Chapter Four: Coed Facing Expulsion, 1968
Chapter Five: From Sheboygan to Madison
Chapter Six: Alternative Lifestyle
Chapter Seven: Palimony
Chapter Eight: Mothers on Trial
Chapter Nine: Get Married or Move Out
Chapter Ten: Domestic Partnerships
Chapter Eleven: Epilogue

Acknowledgments
Notes
Index