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dc.contributor.authorvan Acker, Elizabethen_US
dc.contributor.editorPatrick Bishop, John Wannaen_US
dc.date.accessioned2017-05-03T12:08:51Z
dc.date.available2017-05-03T12:08:51Z
dc.date.issued2003en_US
dc.date.modified2007-03-15T21:30:29Z
dc.identifier.issn03136647en_US
dc.identifier.doi10.1111/1467-8500.00310en_AU
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10072/6392
dc.description.abstractRecent policy objectives surrounding the institution of marriage are based on strategies aimed at sustaining a stable and morally cohesive society. Policy-makers disapproving of marriage breakdowns often focus on the behaviour of individuals to explain the breakdowns. Policy initiatives seek to 'cure' individuals to overcome the problem of marriage failure. Pre-marriage education programs encourage self-help and depend on individuals solving their own problems. I argue in this paper that this rational view of marriage is flawed because it does not engage with the issue of romance. This is an important concern to administrators because romance often plays a central role in partner choice and people's expectations of marriage. Policy-makers either ignore romance or treat it as a myth to be countered; they rarely discuss how it influences a couple's decision to marry in the first place. I argue that romance should not be dismissed so easily as it plays a significant role in gender relations. Acknowledging romance ought to be a significant part of administering marriage education programs.en_US
dc.description.peerreviewedYesen_US
dc.description.publicationstatusYesen_AU
dc.languageEnglishen_US
dc.language.isoen_AU
dc.publisherBlackwell Publishing Asiaen_US
dc.publisher.placeAustraliaen_US
dc.publisher.urihttp://www.blackwell-synergy.com/doi/abs/10.1111/1467-8500.00310en_AU
dc.relation.ispartofpagefrom15en_US
dc.relation.ispartofpageto23en_US
dc.relation.ispartofissue1en_US
dc.relation.ispartofjournalAustralian Journal of Public Administrationen_US
dc.relation.ispartofvolume62en_US
dc.subject.fieldofresearchcode360201en_US
dc.titleAdministering Romance: Government Policies Concerning Pre-Marriage Education Programsen_US
dc.typeJournal articleen_US
dc.type.descriptionC1 - Peer Reviewed (HERDC)en_US
dc.type.codeC - Journal Articlesen_US
gro.rights.copyrightCopyright 2003 Blackwell Publishing. The definitive version is available at [www.blackwell-synergy.com.]en_AU
gro.date.issued2003
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