‘ by Mary Ann Lamanna and Agnes Riedman is a book that forms an important social document that serves to understand the subtleties and intricacies of family life and marital relationships. Though the book is an extensive coverage of the American way of living and relationships, yet it can be implemented in every society, irrespective of time, class and strata. The book contains the following key issues:• Same-Sex Marriage - The book by Lamanna dedicates a special chapter on same-sex marriage. Lamanna and Agnes, both are supportive of same-sex marriage. But the authors place the contention strongly that man is essentially a social animal and certain conventional codes of society should be adhered when two people are into a relationship and especially when unified with a marital relation. The child adoption or parenting and legalities pertaining to a marriage of same sex should be taken with great care and strictly scrutinized according to Lamanna and Agnes, especially in terms of adoption for same-sex parents. The upbringing of the child also should be given due attention as the child may not get normal sociological and psychological response in regards to the unconventional parenting.• Cohabitation - Cohabitation has emerged as a new form of family structure and lifestyle process and the choice of this kind of structure or lifestyle is considerably increasing every passing day. During the decade 1990 to 2000, there has been a considerable growth in a number of couples and their household to 72%, according to Simmons and O’Connell. In the book ‘Marriages and Families: Making Choices in a Diverse Society’, trends of cohabitation have been discussed thoroughly along with its effect on society or psychology. Cohabitation is viewed as an alternative to marriage rather than a transitory process. Cohabitation process decreases the trend of marriage and this can in turn consequently affect the social structure.
BibliographyLamanna, Mary Ann & Riedmann, Agnes. Marriages and Families: Making Choices in a Diverse Society. Cengage Learning, 2008.
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