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"White people's perceptions on divorce differ from those of Asian origin."

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Hypothesis "White people's perceptions on divorce differ from those of Asian origin." From living in a multi- cultural community it has become apparent to me through my experiences that divorce has become more socially acceptable amongst white people then Asian people. I want to test and explore possible reasons behind these evident changes in attitudes. I would also like to investigate the impact factors like secularisation and legislation have had on Asian perceptions of divorce. The stigma that existed with divorce in the past, ceases to exist in today's' society because divorce is an accepted norm. There is also a gap in relevant sociological research into Asian perceptions on divorce. (98 words) Contexts/ Concepts Contexts * Ronald Fletcher, " The family and marriage in Britain" (1966) * Bryan Wilson, "Morality and the modern social system" (1966) Concepts * Divorce * Secularisation * Empty shell marriages In 1966, Ronald Fletcher, a functionalist concluded that rising divorce rates were a result of society's increasing expectations regarding marriage. He claimed that society was no longer willing to tolerate "empty shell marriages," therefore resulting in people resorting to divorce as a form of escape from martial unhappiness. An empty shell marriage is a marriage in which the couple continue to reside under the same roof, however there is no intimacy, love or affection. ...read more.

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When they feel that their marriage has experienced "irretrievable breakdown," and that continuing without inflicting mental and emotional harm on one another, is no longer possible. (Words 416) Main Research Methods and Reasons My main research method will adapt the interactionist approach used by sociologists, such as Ann Oakley. I intend to execute informal interviews. Primarily because it will help me gather qualitative data and I feel this is appropriate because it will give the respondents the freedom to give answers on their own terms. They will not be limited to choosing their answers from a group of pre-set questions. They will be able to deliberate about the issues that are important to them regarding their perceptions on divorce. I plan to use snowball sampling. This approach will involve initially contacting a few potential respondents whom I feel are appropriate to my research and then asking them whether they know of anybody with the same characteristics that they feel would be useful for me in my research. This sample is convenient because it can be constructed when an appropriate sampling frame is not available and it is also low cost. The sociologist, Roseneil (1995) used this sampling method to construct a sample for the interview stage of her study on feminist activists in Greenham Common. ...read more.

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Furthermore, some respondents may feel intimidated by me, thus leading to interviewer bias. This will affect my results negatively because the respondent will not feel able to open up to me, hence resulting in them giving invalid results. I plan to record the interviews, however, this could lead to an ethical problems. I will need to acquire the respondent's permission on recording the conversation and if a respondent shows signs of apprehension and discomfort as a result of the tape recorder. This will mean that I will have to hand write the notes, and this may prove to be arduous because the conversation may be formulating to quickly, thus resulting in me missing vital points. The note taking may also remind the respondent that their opinions are being recorded, therefore inhibiting their level of "openness." Moreover, the respondents may produce "socially desirable" answers to cast themselves in a favourable "light." They may feel the need to exaggerate the truth, for instance, they may say they do not protest to divorces because they do not want to be perceived as having "Victorian" values. Also, there are practical problems, such as ensuring that the location and time of the interview is convenient for the respondent. (Words 320) Total Words = 1244 Shamsa Hussain As Sociology Coursework ...read more.

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