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Lecture 14

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March 12, 2013 Family - Traditional nuclear family: A nuclear family in which the husband works outside the home for money and the wife works without pay in the home. (Brym and Lie 2012:192)  Distinct from nuclear family as husband goes to work while wife stays home. - Nuclear family: Consists of a cohabiting man and woman who maintain a socially approved sexual relationship and have at least one child. (Brym and Lie 2012:192) - Overall trend pre-1950s and after was that the family was changing - Still true today - Our notion of family is really changing today. Traditional Nuclear Family - Much less common than it was decades ago - Estimated cost of raising a child to age 18: $10,000/year  Doesn’t include cost of sending child to post-secondary education - Most families have two-incomes - There are dual-earner families.  Both parents contributing to income - Therefore, women don’t bear sole responsibility to taking care of the house and men don’t bear sole responsibility of making the income. The Growing Diversity of Families March 12, 2013 Divorce - Divorce rates have risen - After initial influx of divorce rate, it stayed around 40% - A significant portion of sociology in family looks at divorce. Diversity in Family form: Same-Sex couples - Most same sex couples are common-law - Legal in Canada for same-sex couples. - Canada was the third country in the world to enact laws to change rules for same-sex marriage. - Canada: Enacted laws that redefined marriage to include same-sex unions. - Talk of legal rights of same-sex couples. - Study of same-sex couples in Toronto (UT St. George Sociology)  Guy looked at 10-15 same-sex co
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