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David Brooks: The Nuclear Family Was a Mistake - The Atlantic
If you want to summarize the changes in family structure over the past century, the truest thing to say is this: We’ve made life freer for individuals and more unstable for families. We’ve made life better for adults but worse for children. We’ve moved from big, interconnected, and extended families, which helped protect the most vulnerable people in society from the shocks of life, to smaller, detached nuclear families (a married couple and their children), which give the most privileged people in society room to maximize their talents and expand their options. The shift from bigger and interconnected extended families to smaller and detached nuclear families ultimately led to a familial system that liberates the rich and ravages the working-class and the poor.
Nuclear  family  sociology  Familie  welfare  state  NHS  support  network  atomisation  DWP  social  mobility  downward  neoliberal  neoliberalism  unemployment  poverty  trap  income  resilience 
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