• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

"Examine some of the major reasons for changes in the patterns of marriage, divorce & cohabitation".

Extracts from this document...


"Examine some of the major reasons for changes in the patterns of marriage, divorce & cohabitation". It is really, in the last 30yrs of study that the major changes have occurred. There is an ever-growing increase in the divorce rate. Second marriages have increased, as has the number of people cohabitating without being married. This has led to a decrease in the first time marriage rate. Marriage is being seen more and more as a legal contract between two people. A number of social changes in society have been identified that help explain these changes in marriage, divorce and cohabitation. In the past, people born out of wedlock were seen as social outcasts or socially inferior. As social attitudes changed, it became more socially acceptable to get divorced, to be a lone parent and to cohabit out of wedlock. ...read more.


Nowadays couples will divorce and reform new relationships. A woman's role has changed greatly over the last 30yrs. Today women are increasingly entering the labour force and earning their own wage. This meant they were no longer financially dependant on men. That enables them to resist male power. Marriage has become less of a financial necessity for women. This has made it easier for women to leave unhappy or unfulfilling marriages. Again this has led to an increase in the divorce and second marriage rates. The increasing availability and the use of contraception has made it easier to have sexual relationships outside of marriage, and with more than one person during marriage. Contraception has given people the opportunity to have numerous sexual partners before marriage. ...read more.


Postmodernists accept the changes and say, it is now socially acceptable for people to live as they wish. New right would also accept the changes, but would argue that the changes are bad for society. They want to see people living in traditional nuclear families. The new right is critical of the increase in lone parent families. Since not many single parents can earn a living and give children the nurturing they need, then society has to support them, and children suffer through lacking one parent and this can lead to crime and delinquency. The only way to break this is to encourage people to live in nuclear families. A decline in the rates of 1st time marriages, an increase in cohabitation outside of marriage and the rise in the divorce rate, all seem to suggest a decline of marriage as an institution in modern Britain. [Andrea Woolfenden] 1 ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Sociology section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Sociology essays

  1. Changing attitudes to marriage

    Analyses I have asked 10 boys and 10 girls aged 16-22 about their opinion about marriage. I have analysed their answers. My first question was about whether the respondent married or not and everyone chose the answer "no" which shows as that young people prefer not to get married at the early age.

  2. Sociology: Arranged Marriage Coursework

    Once they find a man or a woman, they would then find out as much as they can of that certain person, for example, what's their job, if they are religious or not, or even if they have a criminal record.

  1. Assess the argument that decline in marriage and the increase in both cohabitation and ...

    the sanctity of marriage and the stigma attached to divorce have slowly changed - particularly as divorce has become increasingly more common in our society. In terms of "family crisis" cohabitation (sometimes called "consensual unions" - people who live as "man and wife" without being legally married)

  2. Is Delinquency a major factor in youth culture, what theory best explains delinquency?

    This lack of community was in turn thought to contribute to increased levels of crime. So, what the Chicago school is trying to say is that delinquency is only a major part of youth culture for those people going through the transition zone, generally those who are within working class

  1. What are the implications for social policy of the changes which have occurred in ...

    The question for social policy is whether policies are formed for the re-integration of those who have few means to support themselves, at the same time acknowledging that any attempt to do so will be contested on the basis that these individual acts require personal, as opposed to public, rectification.

  2. Critically discuss the importance of the institution of marriage in contemporary Britain.

    It has evolved from an economic institution to a mostly psychological one in the eyes of those individuals getting married (Rice, 2003). It is argued that the view we now hold on marriage, is due to the consequences of modernity and the individualistic society we presently inhabit.

  1. What were the reasons for the decline of the power of the Samurai in ...

    Even when there were not colonial battles going on there was still friction between Samurai due to the large number of small areas of Japan (see map page 3) that were owned by different Shoguns. There were often assassinations and one such example of this was the assassination of Shogun Ashikaga Yoshinori in 1441.

  2. Why do we still see an increased rate in divorce?

    Personal considerations need to be taken into account when we look at why people divorce, and it is clearly significant that people today live much longer than their ancestors. Since 1851 average life expectancy in France for men has risen from 40 to 70 years and for women from 42 to 76 years.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work