Ross gives two readings of the dropping divorce rate. His more pessimistic angle:
[W]hile some upper-middle class marriages may be strengthened, on the margins, by the recession, working class marriages are more likely to be weakened, even as the continued decline of the manufacturing sector makes men without college degrees less marriageable to begin with. We already have a large “marriage gap” between well-educated and less-educated Americans; the recession is likely to widen it. And once it’s over, as Hanna Rosin suggests, the working class may look that much more “like the inner citya matriarchy with struggling mothers and drifting men and unmoored children.”
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