Social change and the family
Harris, Chris, Charles, Nickie and Davies, Charlotte. (2006) Social change and the family. Sociological Research Online, Vol.11 (No.2). ISSN 1360-7804Full text not available from this repository.
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This paper explores the social change of the past 40 years through reporting the results of a restudy. It argues that social change can be understood, culturally, as involving a process of de-institutionalisation and, structurally, as involving differentiation within elementary family groups as well as within extended family networks. Family change is set in the context of changes in the housing and labour markets and the demographic, industrial and occupational changes of the past 40 years. These changes are associated with increases in women's economic activity rates and a decrease in their 'degree of domesticity'. They are also associated with increasing differentiation within families such that occupational heterogeneity is now found at the heart of the elementary family as well as within kinship groupings as was the case 40 years ago. Thus the trend towards increased differentiation identified in the original study (Rosser and Harris: The Family and Social Change) has continued into the 21st century. This is associated with a de-institutionalisation of family life and an increasing need for partners to negotiate participation in both productive and reproductive work.
|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Subjects:||H Social Sciences > HM Sociology|
|Divisions:||Faculty of Social Sciences > Sociology|
|Journal or Publication Title:||Sociological Research Online|
|Publisher:||Sage Publications Ltd.|
|Date:||30 June 2006|
|Number of Pages:||22|
|Funder:||Economic and Social Research Council (Great Britain) (ESRC)|
|Grant number:||R000238454 (ESRC)|
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