Marriage as a Status Symbol
Complete video at: http://fora.tv/2008/04/02/Changing_American_Family Sociology professor Andrew Cherlin examines the modern status of marriage in the U.S. as compared to other western countries. ----- The Changing American Family The writings of social scientists and their popularizers reflect the dramatic changes that have taken place in marriage, child rearing, and family life in the United States. Where such writers 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? Featuring 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 - The New School Andrew J. Cherlin is Griswold Professor of Public Policy in the department of sociology, Johns Hopkins University and author of Public and Private Families: An Introduction.