Review for The Way We Really Are by Stephanie Coontz

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Review for The Way We Really Are by Stephanie Coontz: 1. What was the point of Coontz’ book? To document family and social changes within an historical context and a sociological context To de-politicize the modern “family” – what’s working? What’s not? 2. Within these contexts, how does Coontz explain current parent/child conflicts and male/female conflicts within families? She encourages the reader to look at rolelessness among teenagers (& previously some women) and situated social power. Why does she consider marriage a transformed social institution rather than a dying one, as many observers do? 1. comes much later now 2. no longer expected to last “until death do us part” (average marriage that ends in divorce lasts 6.2 years) 3.What is it we miss about the 1950s and family life that was publicized then and what is it most people want now out of family? Most believe that the 50s provided a more family friendly economic and social environment, a greater feeling of hope for a family’s long-term future. 1. 90% of all households in the country were families (71% in 90s). 2. 86% of children lived in two-parent homes (70% with biological parents). 3.
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This note was uploaded on 03/30/2008 for the course SOCI 101 taught by Professor Shanahan during the Fall '08 term at UNC.

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