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SOC314 Week 1 Readings

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University of Toronto St. George
Bonnie Fox

SOC 314 Week 1 Readings The Unfinished Revolution Chapter 1Increase of mothers into the workplace combined with the rise of alternatives to lifelong marriage create a patchwork of domestic arrangements that bears little resemblance to the 1950s During this period children see their mothers go through various transitions in regards to homework relations and balancing Example mothers moving back and forth between fulltime work parttime work and no job at allFor fathers family wage no longer a reality most men now need earnings of partner in order to support a familyConsequences of this revolution more diverse and egalitarian models of family lifeTodays young women and men have grown up in revolutionary timesThey have developed new opinions about women and mens proper placesThe sociological imagination the intersection of biography history and social structureMany traditional households underwent significant shifts as parents changed their work situation or marriage faced a crisisChildren of parents express strong support for working mothers and much greater concern with the quality of the relationship between parents than whether parents stayed together or separated More focus on how well parents met the challenges of providing economic and emotional support than on what form their families tookFamilies not a stable set of relationships frozen in time but a dynamic process that changes daily monthly and yearly as children growWhy some family pathways remain stable or improve while others stay mired in difficultly or take a downward course Gender flexibility in breadwinning and caretaking provides a key to answering this questionGender flexibility involves a more equal sharing and more fluid boundaries for organizeing and apportioning emotional social and economic careFlexible approaches in earning and caring helped families adapt while inflexibilities in regards to mens and womens proper places left them ill prepared to cope with new economic and social realities Gender flexibility in earning and caring provided the most effective way for families to transcend the economic challenges and marital conundrums that imperiled their childrens wellbeingThe ideal for young adults is that most want to create flexible egalitarian partnership with considerable room for personal autonomy Hoping to avoid being trapped in an unhappy marriage or deserted by an unfaithful spouse most women see work as essential to their survivalNew generations neither wish to turn back to earlier gender patterns nor to create a brave new world of disconnected individuals most prefer to build a life that balances autonomy and commitment in the context of satisfying work and an egalitarian partnershipNotion that nothing less than the restructuring of work and caretaking will allow new generations to achieve the ideals they seek and provide the supports their own children will need
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