Family Formation in 21st Century Australia by Genevieve Heard, Dharmalingam Arunachalam

By Genevieve Heard, Dharmalingam Arunachalam

This ebook offers a close, up to date picture of Australian kin formation, answering such questions as ‘what do our households glance like?’ and ‘how have they arrive to be this way?’ The e-book applies sociological insights to a large diversity of demographic tendencies, portray a complete photograph of the altering ways that Australians are growing families.

The first modern quantity at the topic, relations Formation in twenty first Century Australia chronicles major alterations in partnering and fertility. within the past due twentieth century, cohabitation, divorce and births outdoor marriage rose dramatically. but family members formation styles proceed to adapt, requiring clean research. Even because the flip of the century, divorce has stabilized and fertility has increased.

Using details from the 2011 Australian Census and from large-scale surveys, major Australian teachers dissect fresh traits in cohabitation, ‘living aside together’, marriage, interethnic partnering, dating dissolution, repartnering, contraceptive use and fertility. on the grounds that there's extra range in relations formation styles than ever earlier than, the ebook additionally considers alterations among teams in the Australian inhabitants. Which teams usually tend to marry, cohabit or have better fertility? and the way do styles range between indigenous, migrant or comparable intercourse attracted Australians?.

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At the time of the interviews, 51 % of the respondents were married, 13 % cohabiting, 18 % single (never married) and 10 % were single (previously married). A small proportion (8 %) was in LAT (Living Apart Together) 3 Marriage 41 relationships (see Chap. 2). The topics covered in the interviews included personal and family background, relationship history, and attitudes towards marriage and relationships. The overwhelming theme emerging from many of the interviews was the notion of marriage as a public ritual indicating security and stability in contrast to more tenuous relationships.

It is relatively rare that young men have high earnings and in other analyses (not shown) we find that their average earnings are around half that of men in the older age groups. Hence, for this rather unique and small group of young, high earning men, marriage prospects are high. Not surprisingly, research indicates that those who hold more traditional gender role views, or are more religious and family orientated, will be more likely to marry (Sassler and Schoen 1999; Carlson et al. 2004; Waite and Lehrer 2003).

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