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This is an auction for URBAN TRIBES: ARE FRIENDS THE NEW FAMILY? by Ethan Watters.

"Journalist Watters parlays his 2001 New York Times Magazine think piece and subsequent Good Morning America appearance into a sociological examination of the pleasures of a segment of his generation - the "yet to be marrieds" ages 25 to 39. They're the ones who live in bohemian garrets yet feel affluent because their baby boomer parents will probably leave them their money. They host great New Year's Eve parties and travel en masse to the New Orleans Jazz Festival. They're the "Burning Man" generation, drawn like lemmings to the annual desert art festival. Demographers call them "never-marrieds" and say they're one of the fastest-growing groups in America. Most tellingly, in Watters's view, the habit of establishing "urban tribes" - rotating networks of friends and acquaintances - covers all functions formerly served by the traditional family, thus eliminating the need for marriage and intimacy. It's often a white, upper-middle-class, post-college phenomenon but, finds Watters, "groups that formed later, during the swirl of adult city life, could sometimes match the remarkable diversity of those communities." He refutes claims by sociologists that modern youth has lost the civic-mindedness of previous generations by describing urban tribes' "different styles of giving back." He also delves into the eternal conundrum of why men don't like to commit. Sure, these issues have been raised before, but Watters's breezy writing and sunny optimism are refreshing, and his evocation of the good times of San Francisco's dot-com boom years has period charm to burn."
- Publishers Weekly (US)

Very favourable reviews on Amazon.com.

Large format (trade) paperback 2004.

213 pages.

Very good condition.

The cost of shipping is $4.95.

There is of course no charge for shipping if you collect this book from my shop in Palmerston North following the auction.

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