Gender Roles within Families Term Paper

Gender Roles within Families
A look at how gender roles with the family unit have changed over the past 50 years.
# 128369 | 1,380 words | 5 sources | APA | 2010 | GB
Published on Jul 16, 2010 in Sociology (General) , Women Studies (Women and Society)

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This paper looks at the many changes that have taken place over the years within the family unit. It studies in particular how changes in attitude and law with regard to religion, industry, contraception, work ethic and rights for women have affected changes in gender roles within families.

From the Paper:

"The family is widely considered the most important of all social institutions as this is where socialization begins for children, and gender roles are established. Since the 1950's evidence and accumulated data suggests that there have been many changes within the family unit stemming from changes in attitude and law with regards to religion, industry, contraception, work ethic and rights for women. I shall be looking in to these areas in depth to see the extent of change that gender roles within the family unit have undergone over this period due to these elements.
"In the 1950's there were many studies in to families as social institutions. In Dennis, Henriques and Slaughter's book Coal is our Life (1956), the focus is on a mining community in Yorkshire, where most aspects of life were dominated by mining. Here, the men worked and were actively involved in political and trade union issues, and when not working, debating or rallying spent time socializing in the pub."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Browne, K. (2008) Sociology for AS AQA Cambridge: Polity
  • Dennis, M. Henriques, F. Slaughter, C. (1956) Coal is Our Life London: Eyre & Spottiswoode
  • Oakley, A. (1974) The Sociology of Housework London: Martin Robinson
  • Young, M. Willmott, P. (1957) Family and Kinship in East London London: Routledge
  • Young, M. Willmott, P. (1973) The Symmetrical Family London: Routledge & Keegan Paul Ltd.

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