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Red Families v. Blue Families: Legal Polarization and the Creation of Culture

Red Families v. Blue Families: Legal Polarization and the Creation of Culture

by Naomi Cahn, June Carbone
     
 

ISBN-10: 0195372174

ISBN-13: 9780195372175

Pub. Date: 03/08/2010

Publisher: Oxford University Press

Red Families v. Blue Families identifies a new family model geared for the post-industrial economy. Rooted in the urban middle class, the coasts and the "blue states" in the last three presidential elections, the Blue Family Paradigm emphasizes the importance of women's as well as men's workforce participation, egalitarian gender roles, and the delay of

Overview

Red Families v. Blue Families identifies a new family model geared for the post-industrial economy. Rooted in the urban middle class, the coasts and the "blue states" in the last three presidential elections, the Blue Family Paradigm emphasizes the importance of women's as well as men's workforce participation, egalitarian gender roles, and the delay of family formation until both parents are emotionally and financially ready. By contrast, the Red Family Paradigm—associated with the Bible Belt, the mountain west, and rural America—rejects these new family norms, viewing the change in moral and sexual values as a crisis. In this world, the prospect of teen childbirth is the necessary deterrent to premarital sex, marriage is a sacred undertaking between a man and a woman, and divorce is society's greatest moral challenge. Yet, the changing economy is rapidly eliminating the stable, blue collar jobs that have historically supported young families, and early marriage and childbearing derail the education needed to prosper. The result is that the areas of the country most committed to traditional values have the highest divorce and teen pregnancy rates, fueling greater calls to reinstill traditional values.

Featuring the groundbreaking research first hailed in The New Yorker, this penetrating book will transform our understanding of contemporary American culture and law. The authors show how the Red-Blue divide goes much deeper than this value system conflict—the Red States have increasingly said "no" to Blue State legal norms, and, as a result, family law has been rent in two. The authors close with a consideration of where these different family systems still overlap, and suggest solutions that permit rebuilding support for both types of families in changing economic circumstances.

Incorporating results from the 2008 election, Red Families v. Blue Families will reshape the debate surrounding the culture wars and the emergence of red and blue America.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195372175
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
03/08/2010
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
1,184,844
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction
Part One: Family Maps
1. Moral Demography
2. Sexual History
3. The Age of Division
4. Personality, Politics, and Religion
Part Two: The Legal Map
5. Contraception: Securing the Pathways to Blue Family Life
6. Abortion, Law and the Cognitive Map
7. The Irrationality of Adolescence: What the Adults Are Really Fighting Over
8. The Marrying Laws
9. Custody and Compromise
Part Three: The Map to the Future
10. Marriage Advice in Shades of Pink
11. Making Ready for Baby: Painting the Nursery Sky Blue
12. Work and Family: Retooling the Foundation in Deep Purple
Conclusion

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