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Popul. 1993;5:223-47.

The future of woman's own name and the transformation of family structures.

Abstract

The author explores "the changes in attitude [in France] which may have accompanied the recent anti-marriage trend mirrored by the spread of unmarried cohabitation and divorce. She has chosen to investigate opinions in France concerning a secularly one-sided aspect of the marriage system: almost all women take their husband's name when they marry and children are automatically given only their father's name....We...look for signs of change: first, cohortwise, by examining age-specific differences in attitude; second, change related to social groups and the diffusion of new opinions....Finally, we compare these results with data from preceding surveys and suggest what the prospects may be for woman's name."

PMID:
12157922
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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