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Examine the extent to which husbands and wives now have a relationship based on equality

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  • Submitted: 14/03/2010
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AS and A Level Sociological Differentiation & Stratification

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Examine the extent to which 'husbands and wives now have a relationship based on equality' (24)

When looking at equality within relationships there are four main areas to observe;

* Domestic division of labour

* Decision making

* Emotional/Invisible work

* Division of power/Domestic violence

A study done by Young and Willmott greatly supports the idea that husbands and wives now have a relationship based on equality. They suggest changes in the way the family operate have made roles more similar. These changes include; the absence of help and support from relatives that existed in the past, leisure activities such as going to the pub or meeting with other friends have become less common and have been replaced by playing with the kids or watching TV, which are centred around the home. They go on to describe the typical nuclear family as a 'symmetrical family' which refers to an arrangement where the workings and conjugal roles of the family are similar. Young and Willmott then give several reasons for the development of the symmetrical family;

* Living standards have improved and possibly less housework is needed to be done in keeping the

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