June Cleaver: Myth or Reality?: A Data-Driven Learning Guide Go to Resource

Summary

Sociologists consider the family one of the most important social institutions, a building block of society. Indeed the family is responsible for the biological and social (re)production of individuals, and it is widely understood that the norms, values, statuses and roles that organize it are designed to meet the wider needs of society.

In the US at the turn of the 21st century, it is not unusual for commentators to lament the collapse of the traditional family, along with the commitments and values that it represented. Many who express concern over the state of the family see women's changing roles as partly responsible for destroying the warmth, security and stability of family life, thereby giving rise to a number of social issues.

The goal of this exercise is to determine whether the realities of women's lives in the 1950s match the idealized view of that time period we have today. Crosstabulation and comparison of means will be used.

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Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research . June Cleaver: Myth or Reality?: A Data-Driven Learning Guide. Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 20011-11-15. https://doi.org/10.3886/1950swomen

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