Family Inequality

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People often neglect to acknowledge the inequality present among them in society; however, inequality is a main contribution to the changes in American families whether or not people accept it as a fact. In “From Marriage Markets: How Inequality is Remaking the American Family” by June Carbone and Naomi Cahn, they explain how American families have changed due to inequality in the social classes of the economy. The authors discuss the plummeting rate of marriage, more children being born out of wedlock, and the amount of single-parent households that have increased. These changes are the consequences of economic inequality and differences in beliefs among social classes. Inequality in social classes has an impact on families, and Cahn and…show more content…
This social class supports the growing age of marriage and childbearing because of their internal belief that they should be happy and financially stable before committing to a life-long relationship. The less advantaged group can consist of high school dropouts, unemployed or imprisoned people, substance abusers, and typically those below the poverty line. Men and women cannot always rely on each other to have stable relationships, leaving them without a constructed family and becoming more invested in their individual lives. More children are born out of wedlock in this class, and more single parents are present. Marriage is almost rarely heard of in this group. Inequality rises in society here because of the differences in this social group compared to the higher class. Marriage and family is less likely in the lower class than in the more advantaged. The middle class includes Americans who have received a high school education but not quite a college degree in addition to those who are not poor but struggle with money. They are also likely to divorce and remarry. According to “Engines of Inequality: Class, Race, and Family Structure” by Amy L. Wax, a professor of law at University of Pennsylvania, “The precipitous decline in marriage among those with less education and income contrasts with a stabilization, followed by an increase, in marriage rates for women with more education” (573). The
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