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The Single Woman and the Fairytale Prince

The Single Woman and the Fairytale Prince

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The number of one-person households is rising steeply all over the world and a growing proportion of these 'new singles' are women. It is estimated that one woman in three lives on her own. This development reflects general social trends, ranging from the rising divorce rate to the growing professionalization of women and their dissatisfaction with a traditional model that offers them a future organized solely around 'husband-baby-home'. At the same time, the attractions of that model still linger and the fairytale prince is by no means a figure from a story or a remote past. Even in an age in which the Internet promises that love is 'just a click away', many women still wait for their prince to come.

Jean-Claude Kaufmann's sympathetic study, based mainly on an analysis of a sample of the hundreds of letters sent to Marie-Claire magazine after it published a first-hand account of the single life, is a brilliant portrayal of the lives, aspirations and sometimes despair of the 'new single woman'.

Author: Jean-Claude Kaufmann
Publisher: Polity Press
Published: 10/01/2008
Pages: 200
Binding Type: Paperback
Weight: 0.95lbs
Size: 8.90h x 5.90w x 0.70d
ISBN: 9780745640501

About the Author
Jean-Claude Kaufmann is a Sociologist and Director of Research at the CNRS (National Centre for Scientific Research) in the University of Paris V, Sorbonne.

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