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Sunday, July 31, 2011

Trending''' what's effecting the Family

What the experts are saying is that there are several matters which are currently effecting the family in a negative way and could have tremendous fallout and create a bad precedent they are but not necessary in this order

The major global trends effecting families, according to a division of the United Nations, on the occasion of the 10th anniversary of the International Year of the Family:
1. Changes in Family Structure
(including in that, delayed childbearing, decreased rates of fertility, smaller households, smaller families, delayed marriage, rising divorce, and rising single parenthood)
2. Migration
3. Demographic Aging
5. Globalization       

n the U.S. and Western Europe, the United Nations' reported, "The family demography of modern society shows increasing variation in household types and more complex family life courses in recent decades. Family and household variation is, however, not a completely new phenomenon. In pre-Victorian societies, some family and households types - celibacy, single-parent families, reconstituted families - were as common if not more common than they are today, but the causes of their prevalence - mortality levels, economic constraints, ideological choices - were different from those prevailing today (Laslett, 1965). What is also different is the ideological attitude towards family variation. Modernisation has clearly led to an evolution from a uniform ideal towards tolerant acceptance of a variety of forms that is the outcome of individual choice."
The U.N. report further determined, "Nuptiality has decreased considerably in most countries, mainly as a consequence of the postponement of the first marriage. In the second half of the last century the total first marriage rate fell in many countries from close to uniformity to half or even less. Also remarriage rates decreased. These spectacular declines in marriage and remarriage rates, however, should not be interpreted as a sign of disintegration of the family as a social unit. Marriage and remarriage appear to be replaced by other forms of unions, mainly consensual unions, or are postponed."
Another scholar has determined,"Historically, cohabitation, marriage, and childbearing were all part of one inseparable package. Marriage and cohabitation were usually co-occurring [in the U.S.], and both were typically followed by the birth of children. These three trends reflect an unprecedented separation of cohabitation, marriage, and childbearing."
As he further explained, "As the divorce rate soared after 1960, three other major trends started to emerge that were part of the 20th century's transformation in pair-bonding in the Western world: the rate of marriage decreased, while the rates of cohabitation without marriage and nonmarital births increased. In the U.S., the marriage rate (per 1000 unmarried women per year) decreased from approximately 80 in 1970 to a low of 50 in 1996. "The marriage rate generally rose and fell with the business cycle. The 1990s, with conspicuously low marriage rates in years of unprecedented prosperity, were exceptional" (Caplow et al., 2001, p. 68). A slightly greater drop occurred in the marriage rate in Western Europe. The percentage of cohabiting, unmarried couples in the U.S. increased from less than one percent in 1960 to over seven percent of all couples by 1998. The rates for Western Europe were higher, e.g., 19 percent in the U.K. (Hall, 1993)
A scholar in Europe made an almost identical point when he observed, "If we compare the 1960s and 1970s [in the Netherlands] with the preceding and the following decades, we can observe that the afore mentioned two decades take on a relatively exceptional position with respect to the high marriage rates and early family formation. Taking into account the marriage rates and family development patterns observed before the Second World War the developments of the 1970s and subsequent decades seem less dramatic."
According to a United Nations' report on families in South America, "there have been some discussions claiming that we are witnessing a process of family “disintegration”. Actually, what is going on is a process of crisis of the patriarchal model of the family, a model that involved strong authoritarian tendencies. From the perspective of the patriarchal nuclear family, the decline in nuptiality and the increase in divorce rates, as well as the increase in the labor force participation of women - with the “danger” that they abandon their traditional (“naturalized”) roles of housewives, wives and mothers - can be interpreted as abnormal and expressing a situation of crisis. In such a situation, some voices express the urgency to intervene and “save” the family from the crisis. These voices are usually those of tradition and religion, with a strong sense of morally policing private life, and asking for ways to “strengthen” the family. For these voices, there is only one family to be strengthened: the monogamous heterosexual couple and their children, established once and for all. other models of families are seen as deviations that point to the crisis.Other voices are saying in critisism "Such a simplified view of reality, however, has to be changed. New family forms are to be seen in part as the expression of choice and of more freedom on the part of the traditionally subordinate members of families, and it is their freedom and principles of democratic equality that have to be strengthened.". To both these view I say "The Creator Allah is the Judge and Legislator of the How and Why both views are flawed. Please read an excerpt of sacred freedom and judge for your self on this issue I'm just a blogger who wish to get people to see the truth and that's not relative to how we feel about a matter..  http://www.bakkah.net/articles/sacred-freedom.htm 

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