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An interpretation of family change, with implications for social cohesion

TitleAn interpretation of family change, with implications for social cohesion
Year of Publication2001
AuthorsBeaujot, R., and Ravanera Z. R.
Journal{Essays in honour of Professor P. Krishnan: Methodological and substantive}
Volume15
Abstract

Data on family change point to a greater flexibility in the entry and exit from relationships, a delay in the timing of family events, and a diversity of family forms. These changes have undermined the complementary-roles model as women gained equal opportunities in a variety of domains. Children have been affected such that their interests are no longer paramount in the structuring of adult lives. On the whole, the family has been de-institutionalized with less function and less power. An interpretation of the changes suggests that the family has shifted from a unit of survival in which relations were based on division of labour to a unit of solidarity based on a sense of common identity and expressive relationships. Policies that would further push families in the direction of a collaborative model would promote new kinds of cohesion within families and at the societal level.

URLhttp://ir.lib.uwo.ca/pscpapers/vol15/iss1/1/
Document URLhttp://ir.lib.uwo.ca/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1078&context=pscpapers
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Publication language(s)
English