Journal Article — Congratulating Conscious Choice: Exploring Society and the Self through Marriage and Divorce — by Julieanne M. Siegfriedt

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Abstract

The role society plays in influencing the various paths and decisions we make as individuals is unmistakable. The challenge lies in using our sociological imagination to recognize the impact society has on shaping the choices we make, no matter how personal those decisions appear to be. This paper explores the many ways in which sociological theory can be applied to what are typically considered to be very personal decisions: marriage and divorce. I explore my own journey in deciding to both get married and within the past year, to get divorced, through a sociological lens and investigate the ways in which society has influenced these very important life decisions.

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Siegfriedt, Julieanne M. 2011. “Congratulating Conscious Choice: Exploring Society and the Self through Marriage and Divorce.” Pp. 13-27 in Graduate Theorizations: Imaginative Applied Sociologies—Manifest and Latent (Human Architecture: Journal of the Sociology of Self-Knowledge: Volume IX, Issue 1, 2011.) Belmont, MA: Okcir Press (an imprint of Ahead Publishing House).

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