Discussion Questions

  1. While many people are concerned about the deinstitutionalization of marriage as noted by Andrew Cherlin, what are some of the positive consequences of this deinstitutionalization?
  2. Do you see yourself as a marriage naturalist or a marriage planner? Why?
  3. With the recent Supreme Court decision legalizing same-sex marriage in all 50 states, how do you see those who are against same-sex marriage resisting this change? Give examples.
  4. What positive consequences do you think may come of the Great Recession when it comes to family interactions?
  5. What are the reasons for the decline in marriage in contemporary times?
  6. What are the effects of globalization on the family? Give examples.
  7. Discuss the conversations regarding women who choose to “have a career instead of a baby.”