Arland Thornton

Sociologist, Academic


Who is Arland Thornton?

Arland Thornton is an American sociologist who specializes in the study of marriage and family. He was the director of the Population Studies Center at the University of Michigan from 2004-2008. He received his bachelors degree from Brigham Young University, and his M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Michigan.

Thornton specializes in the study of marriage, family, and life course structures and processes. His work currently focuses on intergenerational relations, cohabitation, marriage, divorce, reproductive behavior, living arrangements, and gender roles in Nepal, Taiwan, and the United States.

Books authored and co-authored by Thornton include International Family Change: Ideational Perspectives. New York: Lawrence Erlbaum. 2008, Marriage and Cohabitation. Chicago: University of Chicago Press. 2007, Reading History Sideways: the Fallacy and Enduring Impact of the Developmental Paradigm on Family Life. Chicago, IL : University of Chicago Press. 2005, The Well-Being of Children and Families. Ann Arbor, MI : University of Michigan Press. 2001, Ties That Bind: Perspectives on Marriage and Cohabitation. New York: Aldine de Gruyter. 2000, and Social Change and the Family in Taiwan.

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on July 23, 2013


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