This chapter examines the divisions in American life, with a specific focus on marriage as the most revered of all social structures. By any measure of social class, marriage has fallen more at the bottom than at the top. Marriage has clear associations and implications for voluntary association, youth group and nonyouth group participation, friendship, and kinship socializing. Another divide examined with implications for each of these areas is education: the flattening trend of educational expansion forecasts less social capital in the future. Education and marriage are revealed to be separate divides, but they traverse each other and have a complex relationship to the race divide. Ultimately, each is revealed to have significant impact on happiness.
KeywordsMarriage Married life Kinship and friendship Education Educational expansion Happiness
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