Changes in Conjugal Life in Canada: Is Cohabitation Progressively Replacing Marriage?

Changes in Conjugal Life in Canada: Is Cohabitation Progressively Replacing Marriage?

Changes in Conjugal Life in Canada: Is Cohabitation Progressively Replacing Marriage?

Changes in Conjugal Life in Canada: Is Cohabitation Progressively Replacing Marriage?s

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Référence bibliographique [11200]

Le Bourdais, Céline, Lapierre-Adamcyk, Évelyne et Pacaut, Philippe. 2012. «Changes in Conjugal Life in Canada: Is Cohabitation Progressively Replacing Marriage?». Dans Canadian Perspectives in Sexualities Studies: Identities, Experiences, and the Contextes of Change , sous la dir. de Diane Naugler, p. 223-234. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

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1. Objectifs


Intentions :
«In this article, we describe the demographic trends of marriage and cohabitation in Canada, and […] assess whether cohabitation constitutes a new stage in the progression to marriage or an alternative to marriage altogether.» (p. 223)

Questions/Hypothèses :
«How has the institution of marriage changed in the recent decades, and how do these changes vary across cultures and across countries?» (p. 223)

2. Méthode


Échantillon/Matériau :
Données documentaires diverses

Type de traitement des données :
Réflexion critique

3. Résumé


«In the last 30 years, most Western countries have witnessed formidable changes in the foundation of the family institution. [...] By contrasting the evolution of demographic behaviours adopted across the different regions in Canada, we show that cohabitation has reached different stages of development in Quebec as opposed to elsewhere in Canada […].» (p. 223) «Canada without Quebec closely resembles the United States, where cohabitation still predominantly remains a childless phase in conjugal life. In Quebec though, the progression of cohabitation is far more advanced. Now […] cohabitation has become the modal way in which to give birth in Quebec (i.e., an alternative to marriage in order to have children) […].» (p. 232) «In Quebec, we argue that the tremendous progression of cohabitation has to do with profound changes in men’s and women’s roles and expectations brought in large part by the feminist movement that is stronger and deeply rooted than elsewhere in Canada. Quebec couples strive for greater equality between men and women, and cohabitation perhaps offers them the best opportunity in this regard. In that sense, cohabitation is probably here to stay […].» (p. 233)