Promises I Can Keep: Why Poor Women Put Motherhood before Marriage Essay

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Details:a). a description of the author thesis in your own words. What is the author trying to do? What are the author aims? What is the book about? b). you should also discuss why the author thinks those aims are important? Why does the author want readers to get the information or viewpoint presented in the book? c). how does the author attempt to achieve his/her objectives and aims. How are the author’s main points presented and supported? How was the research done? What methods were used to collect information and data? How long did the research take? Where it was done? How was the sample selected? How large was it? d). the summary should consist of a discussion and highlights of the major arguments, ideas, concepts, themes and characteristics of the book. You may use direct quotes from the book but please keep them very limited. Your goal is an essay in your own words. e). were there methodological issues dealing with ethics, sampling, reliability, and validity raised by the research. Was the research well done? f). does the author effectively draw claims from his/her material and evidence? Are connections between claims and evidence made clearly and logically? Do the author conclusions follow from his/her thesis and material? And does the author presentation seem fair and accurate? Is the interpretation biased? Can you detect any distortion, exaggeration, or diminishing of material? If so, for what purpose might this have been done, and what effect does it have on the overall presentation? ) Conclusion summarizes your overall argument and perhaps state whether you would recommend this book to others

 

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This paper reviews the study by Kathryn Edin and Maria Kefalas as seen in their highly rated book Promises I Can Keep: Why Poor Women Put Motherhood before Marriage. Edin is an associate professor of in the department of sociology at the University of Pennsylvania while Kefalas is a professor of sociology at St. Joseph’s University of Philadelphia. The two professors conducted a five-year research on poor mothers in Philadelphia. The research sought to answer the question “why marriage and childbearing are increasingly getting decoupled among the poor.” The research illuminated the rich complexities that influenced the maternal and matrimonial decisions among mothers in different social-economic classes. The research would be conducted through an in-depth interview on 162 women who represented the urban poor populations of Philadelphia. The women sampled cut across three distinct ethnic groups, the White, Puerto Rican, and African Americans. The use of these neighborhoods was not only convenient, but also provided an evenly distributed sample of socio-economic congruous and multiracial types of women.

 

Edin and Kefalas ground the significance of this research on the premise that although considerable research may be directed towards the rapid increase in pre-marital childbearing among women in low-income communities, the “perspectives and life experiences” among those single mothers lacked in the prior research (p. 245).  Through exclusive interviews, the authors were able to establish that some low-income teenagers sometimes conceive “knowingly,” and some even consider this early childbearing as a valid, mature, and responsible choice. “In the middle-class perspective, poor women with children but no husband, a diploma, or a job may either be a victim of her circumstances or a proof that the American society may be falling apart,” the authors say “ but in the societies dominated by poor women, bearing a baby poses as an opportunity to prove self-worth.”

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