Topic 2c Deinstitutionalization of Marriage

Topic 2c Deinstitutionalization of Marriage - Sociology 169...

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Sociology 169 Theoretical Perspectives on Family Change Readings: Cherlin. 2004. “Marriage as a Social Institution” Coontz. 2004. “The World Historical Transformation of Marriage” Topic 2c: Deinstitutionalization of Marriage Deinstitutionalization = weakening of social norms defining behavior in a social institution Social change Æ situations outside of established norms Æ lack of shared understandings on how to act Æ negotiate new ways to act Æ conflict and opportunity Examples of the Deinstitutionalization of Marriage In the 1970s trends under way Negotiation of breadwinner/ homemaker roles Non-marital childbearing Single-parent families More recently Growth of cohabitation Same-sex marriage Examples of the Deinstitutionalization of Marriage Growth of cohabitation 1970s all stepfamilies formed by marriage Now ¼ of stepfamilies formed by cohabitation ( 1/2 in Canada) Alternative to marriage Stage 1: fringe (Spain, Italy) Stage 2: testing ground Stage 3: alternative (Canada) Stage 4: indistinguishable from marriage (Sweden, Denmark) U.S. ?
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  • Spring '08
  • Casper
  • Sociology, Same-sex marriage, World Historical Transformation

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