Ring by Spring

Dating and Relationship Cultures at Christian Colleges

By Stacy Keogh George

Ring by Spring

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  • ISBN: 9781532635625
  • Pages: 134
  • Publication Date: 8/1/2019
  • Retail Price: $18.00
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Ring by Spring

Dating and Relationship Cultures at Christian Colleges

By Stacy Keogh George

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PAPERBACK

  • ISBN: 9781532635625
  • Pages: 134
  • Publication Date: 8/1/2019
  • Retail Price: $18.00
Web Price: $14.40
BUY FROM AMAZON.COM

About-

The phrase “ring by spring” is used to describe students’ desire to find a partner and become engaged before they graduate college. From where does this pressure come? Who is most impacted? What are the consequences of this culture? This book begins to explore this complicated dynamic that is unique to Christian colleges by describing the experiences of Christian college students and alumni. The author provides additional thoughts on how to support students overwhelmed by this culture, and how to foster positive relationships of all kinds on college campuses that too often make romantic relationships too serious too quickly.

Endorsements & Reviews-

Ring by Spring is part guidebook and part sociological critique. For people inside Christian higher education, it is a helpful analysis of familiar terrain. For those outside Christian higher education, Stacy Keogh George provides a glimpse into a subcultural tradition that may be shockingly foreign. For all, there are important lessons about the intersection of religion and relationships on contemporary Christian college campuses.”

—Kevin D. Dougherty, Associate Professor of Sociology, Baylor University



“Jesus and the apostle Paul were among those who have had meaningful lives as single people. Conversely, many of today’s Christian subcultures emphasize the necessity of marriage in order to have a good life, resulting in the ‘ring by spring’ phenomenon on our Christian college campuses. Stacy George installs a relief valve on this cultural assumption, thereby reducing the pressure of premature marriages, giving students the freedom to choose if and when they will marry.”

—Eric E. Peterson, Pastor, Colbert Presbyterian Church



Contributors-

Stacy Keogh George

Bio(s)-

Stacy Keogh George is Associate Professor of Sociology at Whitworth University in Spokane, Washington. Her teaching and research areas include religion, politics, gender, and globalization. She currently serves as the social science editor for Christian Scholars Review.

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