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Unformatted text preview: 2-14-2008The Family: Diversity, Inequality, and Social ChangeThe Family—institutional arenasDiversity—growth and acceptance of difference in family formInequality—access to families, between, within, and through familiesSocial change—changing contexts for family lifeWhy ‘retreat from marriage?’•Leading explanations are inadequateoWomen’s independenceBut: rich women are more likely to marryoWelfareBut: payments fell along with marriage ratesoShortage of marriageable menBut: can’t explain all of the trendStandards for marriage also increasedPoor women want their own good jobs, tooCultural Change•Women’s changing sources of identityoA whole person doesn’t require a husband•Acceptance of sex, divorce, and children outside marriage•Symbolic importance of marriage increasedoSo why aren’t poor women married?•Poor women place the same value on marriage as middle-class women, but they lack the economic opportunity to complete their vision of married life...
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- Spring '08