Topic 2 Explanations of Family Change

Topic 2 Explanations of Family Change - Topic 2:Theoretical...

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1 Sociology 169 Topic 2:Theoretical Perspectives on Family Change Bianchi and Casper. 2004. “Explaining Family Change…” Topic 2a: Explanations of Change: A Family demographic Perspective What is a theory? How do social scientists theorize about family change and variation? Theories of Family Change What is a Theory? Attempts to move beyond observations of “what” to questions of “why” and “how” Idea or hypothesis Theoretical Frameworks to Explain the “How” and “Why” of Family Change Demographic Transition Theory The Life-Course Perspective Decision-Making Theories Biology and Demographic Processes Social Structural, Context, and Cultural Theories Feminist Theories
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2 Theoretical Frameworks Demographic Transition Theory Societies start from high-mortality, high fertility regimes. First move to low-mortality, high-fertility, creating large population growth. Then fertility declines and mortality and fertility are in balance (zero population growth) Theoretical Frameworks Second Demographic Transition Motivated by same factors as the first transition (e.g., desires for improved standards of living, investment in the quality of fewer children) New features: Increased value put on individual autonomy of adults The goal of female emancipation Loosening of grip of institutional controls (state and church) Advanced consumerism Higher quality demand of relationships More diversity in relationships Theoretical Frameworks
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  • Spring '08
  • Casper
  • Sociology, theoretical frameworks, family change, Cultural Theories Feminist Theories

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