March 12, 2013
- 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
- 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 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
- 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