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D-Families Part 2

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Spouse Abuse
Psychological abuse, living apart for 3 years qualifies divorce, changed in 1985, act made separation for
one year
No Fault Divorce-no one to blame, by which time divorce is automatic
Critiques: divorce is too easy may leads to break down to the family; should make it more difficult
Reason for Divorce
Individualism on rise, spent less time with each other, living as a single fashion rather than community
due to technology effect
Me-Generation: different from traditional type of family, purchase for themselves, individualism; less
commitment for obligation, appears to more committed to our selves
Romantic Love and Divorce: last for less than a year and commitment and intimacy plays an important
role in marriage (Slide The Components of Love)- refers to love sick, smitten; endorphin
Culture of romantic love shortly last
Independent Women –technology, medical technology; ex birth control pills, giving control to women
on fertility and men have no say; power for women
Rise of Women movement- later force, feminist, when women work for pay, much easier to walk away
from marriage since they are economically independent; raising the divorce rates
Marriage as the Modern Stress- House work, 2 career couples can be demanding, as the second shift
for women, women work outside and doing the housework; ex. Child Care and Senior Care
Men do housework too but there are still a gap between men and women; couples discuss on who is
taking the primary consideration on career; most likely Womens career as the secondary career and thus
women do more house work
Sometimes, Duel Career couples (husband wife make agreements)- professionals, both making good
money and most likely to share housework and also likely to get divorced; sharing leads to divorce
-connections with each other, less time for couples to spent time with each other
-Intimacy and Trust= takes time to develop and a lot of work; in todays world, people lack time to hold
them together
Social Acceptability, negative stigma
Divorce is acceptable in today society, seen as normal and socially acceptable
Legally Reform: Divorce is easier legally, ex. No children makes easier to get divorce; no lawyer

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Young people get divorced after passing romantic love;
-lack of financial resources
-Young people are more likely to experience financially lack and lead to divorce
-People with lower SDS background has higher divorce rate
-Marry because of pregnancy- Shot gun marriage: when female is pregnant and they daughter’s family
force the male to marry their daughter, the marriage doesnt last long
-Alcohol and substance abuse- highly addicted, associated with lack of money
-People without religion: religion people are more like to stay together, because they see marriage as a
duty, place marriage in the center
-Partners with Successful careers- University graduates and professional, they are too busy on workplace
-people who have divorce history, second marriages are more like to get divorce again; divorce rate is
-Remarry: 4 out 5 people divorce and remarry most within 3 years; half of all marriages in Canada for at
least one partner are remarriages; remarriages do created blended family
-husbands and wife bring kids from their prior family; Conflicts with children
Social Stratification
Strata- society divided into varies strata, traditional society that inequality controlled politically;
they are frozen, cant be changed by individuals
today people argue because we live in much open society, classes involved, people can move up or down
to different classes
Traditional society is inmilobile and modern society is moilble
Equalize opportunity by education
Why do people make different income, a complex division of labor- all kinds of different occupations
Social Differentiation- modern society are highly differentiated, make different incomes
Over time, historically relationships are occupational inequality
Responsible Significant
Positions make higher income
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