Allison Pugh

Allison J. Pugh, assistant professor of sociology at the University of Virginia, is the author of Longing and Belonging: Parents, Children and Consumer Culture (University of California Press).

Recent Articles

Intimacy Meets Hard Times

Some countries have a strong marriage culture and others are indifferent. The U.S. alone cherishes both marriage and the right to exit from it.

The Marriage-Go-Round: The State of Marriage and the Family in America Today by Andrew J. Cherlin, Knopf, 288 pages, $25.95 The Lonely American: Drifting Apart in the Twenty-First Century by Jacqueline Olds and Richard S. Schwartz Beacon Press, 228 pages, $24.95 When Richard Schwartz, one of the authors of The Lonely American , was shoveling snow after a storm a few years ago, he looked up and noticed that all the other shovelers on his street were hired crews. Gone were the days when he and his neighbors used to tackle the job together, pausing from their task to reconnect socially. That change may now have some bearing on how Americans confront another kind of storm -- in the economy. In recent years, many Americans have paid for various services instead of relying on communities of friends and relatives. As a result, they have withdrawn from, or never developed, social connections that used to be important sources of support. In the face of economic crisis, will they now turn to...