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.

Empowering Women: Balancing the Private and Public Spheres

Empowering women: Balancing the private and public spheres

Part I described the family revolution that began in earnest some 200 years ago. At first, couples simply wished to free themselves from unwanted kin authority and control. This freedom implied several things, but most of all it meant the right to marry the “one I love.” At the same time, it meant the couple's right to pursue their own economic well-being, even if that meant a degree of material hardship and emotional distress for their parents and other kin.

As the 19th century wore on, it became increasingly clear that most men were profiting from the new lifestyle a great deal more than were most women. Consequently, the family revolution ...

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