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,
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