The Family-PICK cont

The Family-PICK cont - Sociology 130 February 14, 2008 The...

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Sociology 130 February 14, 2008 Family=institutional arenas Diversity=growth and acceptance of difference in family form Inequality=access to families, between, within, and through families Social change=changing contexts for families Promises I Can Keep, cont. Why retreat from marriage? -Leading explanations are inadequate Women’s independence o But: rich women are more likely to marry Welfare System o But: payments fell along with marriage rates Shortage of marriageable men o But: can’t explain all of the trend o Standards for marriage also increased o Poor women want their own good jobs, too Adopt standards similar to middle class women -Cultural Change (Coming from dominant society and carried throughout lower class) Women’s changing sources of identity o A whole person doesn’t require a husband o Different aspirations for marriage Acceptance of sex, divorce, and children outside of marriage Symbolic importance of marriage increased
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