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My hypothesis is that "The modern family is not symmetrical due to inequality in the household".

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Title "The Modern Family Is Not Symmetrical" Hypothesis or Aim My hypothesis is that "The modern family is not symmetrical due to inequality in the household". The idea of the symmetrical family is taken from Willmott and Young following their research into family life in London. They found that husbands play a bigger part in family life, conjugal bonds are strong and the family is home centred. But the society we live in is based on the ideology that woman should be homemaker; that husbands 'help' their wives with domestic chores demonstrates that these jobs are seen as women's work. Subjected to patriarchy, women are forced to live the ideology. Context and Concepts Delphy's most innovative contribution is her application of Marxist concepts to the analysis of patriarchy. Although committed to Marxists analytical methods, she was highly critical of those who regarded women's subordination as a secondary issue and who claimed that women, unlike the proletariat, were not subjected to exploitation. Delphy claims "the marriage contract is really a labour contract where women swear to love, honour and obey, provide free domestic labour and free sex. ...read more.


This indicates that females have a degree of autonomy within the home but real power still resides with the male. Therfeore symmetry is not yet an assurity due to this form of inequality in the household. Main Research Method and Reasons The principal research method I will use here will be unstructured interviews within the more general method of random sampling by manual selection. This is the simplest way to select a large sample. By using random sampling I will ensure that any couple had an equal chance of being chosen to take part in the research. I will use this approach because I want my research to be more representative of the population. I hope that this will give my research more credibility and identify and give explanation for any trends found in my sample. My sample will consist of thirty different couples, which will be chosen from a local electoral register. This will allow me to select a sample that is more proportionate to the population as a whole, which is vital to my research. I will also give each male and female an open questionnaire that will offer the opportunity to operationalize on the concept of patriarchy. ...read more.


Conciously or unconciously, respondents might give the sort of answers they believe I want to hear rather than saying what they truly believe. It can never be totally eliminated from the interview research simply because interviews are interaction situations. In order to conduct an interview successfully and interpret the responses correctly, I must also be aware of the social conventions of the interviewees. Being that unstructured interviews are a source of qualitative data and tend to be discriptive, this can make it difficult to organise. The collection of qualitative data tends to be more time-consuming than the collection of quantitative data since I will be looking for a much greater depth of information. There may also be certain problems with the sample that chose and the way I chose it. Random sampling is not ideal. It relies on statistical probability to ensure the representativeness of the sample. There is also the possibility of Hawthorne effect, which can render the results of the research worthless; it is necessary that the subjects of the research are unaware that the experiment is actually taking place. This, however, raises a further problem: the morality of conducting experiments on people without their consent. ...read more.

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