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Urban Tribes: Are Friends the New Family? Paperback – October 7, 2004
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"An anthropological and yet warmly personal look at the generation that delayedd marriage." -- Seattle Times
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"Watters is a definer of our culture." -- Philadelphia City Paper
About the Author
Ethan Watters is a journalist who has written about social trends for publications from Glamour to the New York Times Magazine; he is the coauthor of two books on psychotherapy, Making Monsters: False Memories, Psychotherapy, and Sexual Hysteria and Therapy's Delusions. He lives in San Francisco.
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Watters seems to think that most people come from a small town, go to a big town for college, stay there until they get married, and develop very insular, incestuous groups of friends that sustain them until they finally get married sometime in their late thirties, at which point they never see any of their old friends any more.
I hate to break it to you, Watters, but not everyone under the age of forty treads that path, and I would venture to say not even the vast majority. Not only is this book a poor example of social research, but as the writer himself admits in the last chapter, it's a thinly veiled attempt to justify his aimless existence and reluctance to get his act together. I would have given this book one star, considering how much of a time-waster it was, except I found the author's character endearing, and the social anecdotes he related to be entertaining.
I always, always make myself finish books, but, late last night, with 40 pages left, I began to wonder why I was wasting my time with this and literally threw it across the room and picked up a new, much more interesting book. I skipped ahead and noticed that Watters eventually gets married. Congrats. If you're looking for a real study of the "marriage delay," look elsewhere. This is far from scholarly and miles from interesting.