Sociology - Family

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Trends

Marriage - formal union

1) DECREASE - change in womens position

Sue Sharpe - priorities had changed

Wilkinsons Theory - gender quake

feminisation of the workplace

2) DECREASE - change in social attitudes

secularisation, living in sin, norm

The 2001 Census - religious

norm in society

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Trends ( marriage )

Marriage is a formal union of a man and women recognised by the law, by which they become husband and wife. One reason for the DECREASE in marriage is the change in women’s position. Women are now mainly focusing on their careers as appose to families. Sue Sharpe found that women’s priorities had changed from marriage and family being their top priority to now valuing their careers equally. This links with Wilkinson’s theory which suggests that there has been a gender quake, this is the abrupt shift of domination between genders particularly the female gender. Therefore this indicates that young females are prioritising their careers over getting married, which shows that there has been a feminisation of the workplace with a large majority of women now working. Another reason for the DECREASE in marriage is the change in social attitudes which is due to secularization. This is the decline in religion which has made it more socially acceptable as people no longer feel they are breaking the morals of their religion. This means that living with someone outside of marriage is no longer seen as living in sin. The media has helped make this a norm in society as many people in the public eye are not married. The 2001 census found that people are more likely to not get married if they are not religious. Therefore marriage has decreased due to it being seen as a norm in society now.

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