Research Professor, Population Studies Center.
Research Professor, Survey Research Center.
Ph.D., Sociology, University of Michigan
Dr. 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. A major program explores developmental idealism as a set of ideas that have shaped important aspects of social and family life. His teaching centers on the sociology and demography of the family and life course.
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Yount, Kathryn M., Arland Thornton, Linda Young-Demarco, and Shilpa N. Patel. 2017. "Lay Accounts of "Modern" and "Traditional" Family in Greater Cairo: A Test of Developmental Models of Family Life." In Values, Political Action, and Change in the Middle East and the Arab Spring edited by Mansoor Moaddel and Michele J. Gelfand. Chapter 5. Oxford University Press.
Pearce, Lisa D., and Arland Thornton. 2007. "Religious identity and family ideologies in the transition to adulthood." Journal of Marriage and Family, 69(5): 1227-1243.
Thornton, Arland. 2005. Reading History Sideways: the Fallacy and Enduring Impact of the Developmental Paradigm on Family Life. Chicago, IL : University of Chicago Press.
Thornton, Arland, Ronald Freedman, and William G. Axinn. 2002. "Intergenerational Panel Study of Parents and Children." In Looking at Lives: American Longitudinal Studies of the Twentieth Century edited by Erin Phelps, Frank F Furstenberg and Anne Colby. New York: Russell Sage Foundation.
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