Aspects of ex-nuptiality in New Zealand : toward a social demography of marriage and the family since the second world war

Gordon A. Carmichael
Traditionally in most Western countries religiously based social norms have held that sexual activity should be engaged in only within formally celebrated marital unions, which in turn should be regarded as lifelong. Nowhere have these norms ever been universally adhered to, especially by men, but in the last two to three decades they have been rejected on an unprecedented scale. Rising levels of nonmarital pregnancy, marital breakdown, and, more recently, informal cohabitation have been held...
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