The Family in the Modern Age : More Than a Lifestyle Choice
Third, Berger investigates the degree to which currently identified problems may endanger the modern family's vital individual and social functions. And finally, she develops reasonable projections of the future of the family that will be core elements contributing to the creation of a politically democratic and economically prosperous world. Berger takes a long-range view of "the career" of the conventional family in the twentieth century. Her perspective is distinctly different from that widespread in scholarly literature today. She takes account of recent demographic shifts in behavior relating to sexuality, marriage, family structure and values, relationships, and family functions. Berger considers hotly contested contemporary issues relating to the family-gay marriage, divorce, abortion, women and work, issues of child-care, among others. But she concludes that despite the industrial system's numerous permutations and the far-reaching social adjustments they have exacted, the norms peculiar to the modern family are likely to remain the core feature of any dynamic liberal democratic social order organized around the market.
The Family in the Modern Age will be of central interest to professionals as well as a general public concerned with the current debate over the role of the family in modern society.
- Hardback | 244 pages
- 161.5 x 235.2 x 23.6mm | 512.57g
- 01 Nov 2002
- Taylor & Francis Inc
- Transaction Publishers
- Somerset, United Kingdom
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