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Intimate Relationships and Social Change The Dynamic Nature of Dating, Mating, and Coupling by Christina L. Scott

Intimate Relationships and Social Change The Dynamic Nature of Dating, Mating, and Coupling

Part of the Contemporary Perspectives in Family Research Series


Intimate Relationships and Social Change The Dynamic Nature of Dating, Mating, and Coupling by Christina L. Scott

Over the past few decades, there has been a dynamic world-wide societal shift away from traditional routes for finding a partner and establishing intimate relationships. This multidisciplinary volume investigates the impact of online dating and the role of technology in relationship formation; the nature of cohabitation and its relative meaning with marriage; assortative mating patterns; the role of parents and siblings in the selection of a partner; gender and sexuality within dating and mating; evolving forms of non-traditional marriage; the interplay of personality and sociodemographic traits within partner selection; and the role of race, ethnicity, and religion in dating and mating. Together, this collection provides a unique and truly global collection of research on the nature of dating, mating, and coupling, as they occur across a variety of cultures.


Sociologists, psychologists, and other contributors survey the practices of establishing and maintaining romantic relationships in cultures around the world. Their topics include influencing factors of intimate partner preference among married couples in Nigeria, inter-generational conflicts and resistance of daughters in suburban Turkey, educational assortive mating and female bread-winning trajectories: a group-based trajectory analysis, the transition to adulthood in individualistic and collectivistic cultures: the prevalence and timing of premarital cohabitation and first marriage in Germany and China, and technology use and its association with romantic relationships. -- Annotation (c)2017 * ( *

About the Author

Christina L. Scott is an Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Psychological Sciences at Whittier College in Los Angeles, California, USA. Christina attained her Ph.D. in Social Psychology from Kansas State University, has published in a wide range of books and journals and is globally renowned for her sexuality research lectures. Dr. Sampson Lee Blair is a family Sociologist at The State University of New York, Buffalo, USA. He is a Fulbright Scholar Award recipient (2010), and has served as Chair of the Children and Youth research section of the American Sociological Association, as Senior Editor of Sociological Inquiry, Guest Editor of Sociological Studies of Children and Youth, and on the Editorial Boards of Journal of Divorce and Remarriage, Journal of Family Issues, Marriage and Family Review, and Social Justice Research. He is a recipient of the SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching and the series editor of Contemporary Perspectives in Family Research.

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Publication date

20th September 2017


Christina L. Scott

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Emerald Publishing Limited


288 pages


Dating, relationships, living together & marriage

Sociology: family & relationships



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