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Family Diversity…read more

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Judith Stacey (1998)
The divorce extended family.…read more

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She's an active sociologist in 1998 who argued
that greater choice for women gives them the
ability to break out of patriarchal oppression
and shape their families to their needs.
What other theorists says this?
She bases this on primary research interviews
called `case studies' of postmodern families in
Silicon Valley, CA in the US.
Judith Stacey: the divorce-extended family…read more

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Stacey's Findings
Women (not men) are the main agents of
change in the family.
Many rejected traditional housewife-mother
role, choosing to work, returned to education
to improve job prospects, divorced and
remarried.…read more

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Stacey's Conclusions
Women created new types of families that
better suited their needs.
Example of new families
-Divorce-extended: members are connected
via divorce rather than marriage.
-Key members are usually female, sometimes
former in-laws, such as mother and daughter
in-laws or a man's ex-wife and new partner.…read more

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Stacey's research supports Morgan's (1996)
ideas that it would by silly to try to make
large-scale generalisations about `the family',
which is what we have seen the functionalists
Advises sociologist should give more attention
to how people create their own diverse family
lives and practices.…read more

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