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Popul. 1993;5:223-47.

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


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."

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