symmetrical family

symmetrical family

(according to Young and Wilmott, 1973) the emerging form of FAMILY in industrial societies, distinguished by a sharing of domestic duties and a tendency for both husbands and wives to be in paid employment.
Collins Dictionary of Sociology, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2000
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30; see also Michael Young and Peter Willmott, The Symmetrical Family (London, 1973).
Sue added: "One advantage in having such a symmetrical family is that we can play a perfectly balanced game of five-a-side football - girls against the boys.
The oral histories, quoted more generously than in the first book, are fascinating and underused sources for this period, and serve as cautions against the many generalizations offered by generations of scholars: the rise of the symmetrical family, the divorce revolution, the age of "permissiveness," etc.

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