What’s weird is that children moving out before marriage (and even then it was often into nearby extended family network) is the relatively recent & exceptional construct for settled societies, not the norm, even for capitalist states.
Granted for America, & other Anglo societies, it started happening pretty early (though even up until the two world wars it wasn’t hegemonic iirc, gotta check on that). Biggest determinants are class, gender, race & urban/rural, obvi
But moving out before starting ones life is a trope that really began with the grown man children of the urban, and then suburban, ‘middle classes’ (here comprising both professional salaries workers & petty capitalists). Ofc there was rural->urban, or itinerant migration too tho
For poorer, immigrant, worker & rural families—absent the cases of intra- or inter-urban migration (or prior to that, Westward colonization), it took a long time to become the norm, and for women, even of the bourgeoisie, it similarly took a long time.
It’s not a ‘source’ of evidence, per se, but just as an illustration look at family life as portrayed in 40s noir, then 50s TV, up until 70s TV & movies. As late as the 70s having a show about women moving out on their own was still considered controversial.
The World Wars were a huge driver of these changes, as women & excluded persons entered the labor force en masse, and when men returned they were already ‘independent’, in need of jobs & were given a shit ton of resources by the govt.
There was never some era of bourgeois idyll in the United States or elsewhere. It’s always been a constructed crock of shit lol
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