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Over the past 50 years there has been a considerable decrease in the rate of marriage in Great Britain

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´╗┐Ieuan Murrant Over the past 50 years there has been a considerable decrease in the rate of marriage in Great Britain, for example a graph shows that in 1971 around 475000 marriages took place all together, and where as in 2008 around only 180000 marriages took place. There are a large number of reasons which could have lead to this such as secularisation, changes in the role of women and education and careers. The first reason which explains why marriage has decreased so much is secularisation. This is the decline in religion, meaning that Britain over the years has generally become a far less religious country, this could be taken into two lights, as this could either mean there is less people following their religion, or there is far less people who have a religion, who are atheists. The effect on the marriage rates this has is that religion created the path for many people to follow, hence it influenced the vast majority of peoples lives, and anyone who went against the norms that Christianity created would often have their lives made like hell by those around them. ...read more.

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Women of previous generations often relied on marriage for financial support and often didn?t work; those who did were paid next to nothing. Before marriage women would tend to stay at home with their parents due to the difficulty there was for women to obtain a flat or loan, as a result of there inequality. However over the past 60 years women have moved toward equality with men, and can even be the main earners in a family. Because of certain laws such as the sex discrimination act 1975, women are far less dependant on men due to the fact they can support them selves far easier with better educations and careers. So women no longer feel the pressure to marry to survive, and can stay single and still support them selves and many cases any children they have. The link is that the higher the level of qualifications the woman has the less likely they are to marry at first, because they will have spent far longer in education so either can?t afford a marriage or don?t want a marriage for fear that it will impede on her university degrees. ...read more.

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However those interviewed in the 90?s prioritised them in practically the opposite way, with careers coming out top and love coming last, showing that many of them saw their own career and the ability to support them selves as being more important than a wedding or a husband. These three reasons all explain why marriage has decreased since the 1960?s. Even though all three reasons are likely to have impacted on how many people marry, the most important explanation is ?changes in the roles of women?. This is due to the fact that the evidence for ?changes in the roles of women? having a large impact on marriage in more convincing because with out laws changing to allow the equality of women, it is clear that those who refused to marry from a working class (a manual labour) or even a middle class ( a non manual labour career background) background would struggle to survive long with out support from those around them, so marriage was the only solution until ?The sex discrimination act 1975? and the ?Equal pay act 1970? were passed, meaning women no longer required marriage to survive. ...read more.

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