Designing Families is a thought-provoking examination of the challenges facing the nuclear family as it enters the new millenium. John Scanzoni sets the issue of change in families in aN historical and cross-cultural perspective tracing the development of the family from the Agricultural Age to the Information Age.

A Continuing Revolution: The 1950s to the Present

A continuing revolution: The 1950s to the present

In her 1946 study of post-World War II college women, sociologist Mirra Komarovsky concluded that although distressed over the prospects, virtually all of them expected eventually to give up the role of postcollege “career girl” for that of “married homemaker.” 1 During the 1950s, hardly anyone would have said out loud that she or he was part of the historic struggle to balance gender autonomy with family responsibility. Instead, most simply ignored the imbalance and the damage it might be causing for women, men, and children alike. Thus, in one sense, we might say that during the 1950s, the family revolution was put on hold. But in another very real ...

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