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1

Why is the divorce rate increasing?

1)Changes in the law e.g 1984 divorce reforms act
2)Changes to social attitudes towards women
3)Rising expectations of marriage – Functionalists say divorce rates have increased because of couples expecting more
4)Growing secularization – led to marriages becoming less sacred and important
5)The growth of the privatized nuclear family – The increase in privatization of families has led to much less support and advice for a couple having issues.

2

What is an empty shell marriage?

When a husband and wife stay together in name only

3

What's the postmodernist approach to divorce?

Beck argues that rising divorce rates are a product of the rapidly changing world where traditional views on romance don't exist.

4

What do postmodernists think the modern world is characterised by?

Individualisation- freedom to pursue own careers with less pressure from peers
Choice-cultural and economic changes mean greater choices
Conflict-Natural clash of interests

5

key statistics on divorce?

the mean (average) age of divorce for men was 43.4 and for women it was 41
average duration was 11.4 years

6

what is the new right argument for divorce?

-due to availability of divorce people are no longer as committed to relationships
-it is argued that children who experience the divorce of their parents are more likely to have problems that then leads to them having problems with relationships when they are older

7

what are some examples of changes in divorce law?

-1984 divorce reform act reduced the time before divorce could be petitioned for from 3 years to 1
-1949 legal aid became available to finance divorce making it more affordable
-1969 divorce law reform act removed the idea that one person had to be found guilty of adultry

8

What are some of the trends of marriage?

-only 32% of marriages involved religious based ceremony
-1972 was the year with the highest number of marriages due ti baby boom generation of 1950

9

What do New right thinkers see the decline in marriage as a threat to?

-Health of nuclear family
-decline in BR
-increase in divorce

10

Why do the New right fear that marriage statistics are exaggerated?

1) People are delaying marriage rather than rejecting it, it is still regarded as a life goals and people still want a family
2)Women are delaying marriage as they want to develop carers and have financial freedom