Week 12 sp 2012 (2) - Week 12 The Post-Nuclear Family The...

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Week 12 The Post-Nuclear Family The significance of the nuclear family has declined since 1965. This is the same thing as saying there has been the rise of the “post-nuclear” family. In this course you have seen over time a truncation (making smaller) of the family from clan (African pattern) to patriarchal (people besides relatives in your home) to nuclear family (mom, pop, and kids), to the post-nuclear (individuals living alone or choosing to live with others in a wide variety of ways). Post-nuclear families are less about obligation and more about choice. Scripts about how you “should” live your life are less popular. It is not just the U.S.: the developed world is involved in these changes. Sweden is most post-nuclear; Japan is least. I. Effects of the change A. Psychological: Friendship values replace values of obligation. “Why preserve a marriage just for the sake of preserving it?” is how people now think. Now people expect to be happy (60% vs. 20% before WWII). This leads to marital instability--it’s very hard to make someone else happy. The new goal of personal happiness forces us to “unbundle” the relationships put together by the nuclear family. It used to be a "fixed-
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This note was uploaded on 03/20/2012 for the course SOCI SYO3100 taught by Professor Staff during the Spring '12 term at Florida State College.

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