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England and Wales marriage rate fall: 82/1000 in 1981 and 24/1000 in 2004

Due to: female careers, impact of feminism, individulization (Beck- people have choice rather than social convention) Giddens and confluent love, need to find right partner, cohabitation, delaying marigae as average age increasing

Bernades suggests cohabitation prelude rather than alternative to marraige

Cohabitation: Morgan sees it as a trend and cohabitation easier to break up, increase in sexual partners; Chandler says the time couples spend cohabiting is longer and it is becoming an alternative 

British Social Attitudes survey shows marriage becoming a lifestyle choice not a social obligation

Single person households increasing- product

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