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Posted: April 2nd, 2008
The Changing American Family

Dramatic changes have taken place in marriage, child rearing, and family life in the United States. Where social scientists once spoke simply of “the family,” they now speak of “the diversity of family forms” and the rapidity with which those forms can change. This panel offers objective and unsentimental views of the family and addresses basic questions about family life in the United States today. How do popular myths about family life compare with verifiable realities? What constitutes a marriage or a divorce? How do contemporary adult work patterns affect family life? Panelists include Doyle McCarthy, professor of sociology at Fordham University and author of Knowledge as Culture; William Doherty, professor and director of the Marriage and Family Therapy Program, Department of Family Social Science, University of Minnesota; Arlene Skolnick, visiting scholar, Sociology Department, NYU and author of Embattled Paradise; and Andrew J. Cherlin, John Hopkins University professor and author of Public and Private Families: An Introduction. This event was presented by The New School.


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