Childbearing In Poor Women By Kathryn Edin And Maria Kefalas

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In their article, Kathryn Edin and Maria Kefalas focus on the concept of childbearing in poor women and report the results they find from their 2 and a half year study of unmarried women. One of the most interesting concepts they noticed was that these women not only were conscious about their decisions, such as becoming pregnant at a young age or having children out of wedlock, but saw these decisions as being responsible. They explain this as follows: “The growing rarity of marriage among the poor, particularly prior to childbirth, has led some observers to claim that marriage has lost its meaning in low-income communities.” (Promises I Can Keep 11.2). Ultimately, it seems that individuals of the lower class have a very different perception…show more content…
Perhaps the first thing one must consider is why there are increasing numbers of poor women having children out of wedlock. One explanation of this concept that Edin and Kefalas use is that the poor women view raising their own child as a sense of accomplishment. For instance, they explain “in the social world inhabited by poor women, a baby born into such conditions represents an opportunity to prove one 's worth.” (11.3). Essentially, the women of a low social class view their children as an opportunity for success. It represents a sense of hope and fulfillment that the mother feels when she has a child. Also, interestingly enough, women of a poor class viewed “marriage as a luxury” (11.2). There are also reasons that involve a sense of fear in control. For instance, Edin and Kefalas explain that “poor women do not want to marry until they are set… a young mother often fears marriage will mean a loss of control” (13.3). Essentially, a poor women who has a child…show more content…
I believe it is very difficult to raise a child alone as well as pay for a home. Also, like Edin and Kefalas explained, children raised by 2 parents have a much greater chance of entering college and not going to jail. However, I do agree with some perspectives of the poor women. The idea of having autonomy over one 's life, or working very hard to raise a child as a source of fulfillment can both inspire the mother and even inspire others to do so. Ultimately, I believe that this decision would make sense for me. I think it is possible to raise a child successfully out of wedlock despite it being difficult. It also very interesting, these experiences gave the mother 's important life lessons. As Edin and Kefalas describe: “Women openly, and often eagerly, shared life lessons they had learned about relationships, marriage, and children.” (16.3) What is most interesting to me is the life lessons they learned through raising a child out of wedlock. I think that this is one of the most important parts of the experience because these life lessons can be shared with other individuals. In essence, when a poor women raises a child out of wedlock, it is not only for the success of herself, but it can be for the success of society as the life lessons the mother learns can be
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