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Changes in Family Roles

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CHANGES IN ROLES WITHIN THE FAMILY Content Page Page 1 - Title Page Page 2 - Content Page Page 3 to 4 - Chapter one Introduction Page 4 to 5 - Chapter two Methodology Page 5-ds - Chapter three Content and Analysis Page 5 to 6 - Chapter three Content Page 6 to 11 - Chapter three Analysis Page 11 to 13- Chapter four Conclusion Page 13 to - Chapter four Evaluation Page asldk - Chapter five Appendix Chapter one Introduction In this coursework I will be looking at how roles within the family have changed and the effect this has had on family members as well as the society and values of the family in post modern society. The family is very important institution in our society and therefore its changes must have affected it. Having done some work on the family already, I have found that there are a lot of factors that could have changed the traditional institution of the family. Roles taken on by each individual of the family could be one of them. My aims for this project include: Firstly, indentifying the traditional ideas of men and women within in the family and weather they have changed. Secondarily, I will consider the extended family and their role within the family. Thirdly, I will investigate how and why women's roles within the family have changed. Finally, I will explore what impact has the changes in family roles had on the structure of the family. The reason this area is of sociological importance, and these are suitable aims because it is important to identify the roles of the main members of the family in order to see how they have changed. Also, it is important to study these changes to see how they have impacted on members of the family and the society. Additionally, it is important because from investigating these changes we can see whether they are breaking the family structure or weather it is better for the society. ...read more.

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In addition to this, job and career opportunity for women rose, and men were now forced to start taking more part in the family as women were not always around anymore. Also, a decrease in the amount of children per family has also had a major impact on the symmetrical change of the family because this has given women more opportunity to work. Now that both the husband and the wife work in the house, they are forced to share financial responsibility and so the family grows stronger together and more symmetrical. This research by Willmott and Young was done when they were both alive which was a while back. Considering the family is still going through a lot of changes and very quickly, we may be able to say that at the time this research was done, these may have been reasons for symmetry in the family, and the family may have become more symmetrical. However, it could be argued that even though this relates to the first aim about how the roles have changed within the family and why and also answers it quite clearly, it may be outdated because in our society today, there may be other reasons for these changes, or even there may be other changes within the family. This relates to my third aim as it identifies how the role of women has changed. In addition to this, and in relation to my second aim about the extended family and their role within the family, I collected some primary sources which helped me to make a better conclusion. The primary data I collected, was obtained through the internet, I posted a blog with the question "Do you believe there is still a role for the extended family in the 21st century?" A lot of people answered to this blog, and overall many said that the extended family does not play such a major part in the family anymore. ...read more.

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So I suppose my chores have changed somehow. Me: Lovely, what do you think has made the change? Respondent: The fact that we moved to London, I got a better job and the fact that we had always shared chores; we weren't like other couples who had the ideal view of the family. Me: Right, ideal view? Respondent: Yes, woman stays at home with the house and the children while her husband goes out to work. We never thought like this but while you were young and I had no job, there was no other choice. Me: Oh okay, thank you so much, you were a great help! Young Girl from today: Me: Hello, I am doing my Sociology coursework investigation on what changes there have been in the family roles for men and women. I will ask you some questions on your opinion on certain aspects of the family and you can answer as fully as you would like, but as much detail as possible. Is that alright? Respondent: Yeah that's alright, go on. Me: Alright, so first of all are you married or in a relationship? Respondent: Yes, I'm in a relationship. Me: Good, how do you and your boyfriend behave around the house? Are there specific chores for each one of you? Respondent: We tend to share most of our chores around the house, I don't have a specific chore and neither does he, and we pretty much share everything. It's different from how i grew up where my mother had all the home based chores while my father was off at work or watching TV. I've always said that would not happen in my own household. Me: Yes, why is it you didn't want your household to be like that? Respondent: What's the point? It's not fair. Women and men are equal so why should one have to do more work than the other? Me: Very true, thank you for your help! Books I used to collect secondary data "Sociology Themes and Perspective" by Haralambos and Holborn "An Introduction to Sociology" by Ken Browne ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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