Pathology of Patriarchy and Family Inequalities

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Much demographic research implicitly or explicitly views family changes over the past half century as examples of the “pathology of matriarchy” first raised in Moynihan’s 1965 report on The Negro Family: The Case for National Action. The basis of this perspective is the correlation between female-headed families and negative outcomes for children. Yet the magnitude of family changes and any ill-effects vary across social groups within their cultural, economic, and political contexts. By reviewing the research on family, market, and policy changes over the past half-century with this in mind, I argue that the pattern of group variation does not point to an inherent pathology of matriarchy because the differences in life chances across family types are minimized where institutional arrangements support greater gender (and class) equality. In fact, the gendered responses to the inter-related family, market, and state institutional changes suggest instead it is a growing pathology of patriarchy disproportionately hurting the life chances of boys and men in post-industrial societies. Only with full gender equality in states, markets, and families will the pathology recede.
LanguageEnglish
Title of host publicationUnequal Family Lives
Subtitle of host publicationCauses and Consequences in Europe and the Americas
EditorsNaomi Cahn, June Carbone, W Bradford Wilcox, Laurie DeRose
Place of PublicationCambridge
PublisherUniversity of Cambridge
Chapter11
Pages237-260
ISBN (Electronic)9781108235525
DOIs
StatusPublished - Aug 2018

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Cooke, L. (2018). Pathology of Patriarchy and Family Inequalities. In N. Cahn, J. Carbone, W. B. Wilcox, & L. DeRose (Eds.), Unequal Family Lives: Causes and Consequences in Europe and the Americas (pp. 237-260). Cambridge: University of Cambridge. https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108235525

Pathology of Patriarchy and Family Inequalities. / Cooke, Lynn.

Unequal Family Lives: Causes and Consequences in Europe and the Americas. ed. / Naomi Cahn; June Carbone; W Bradford Wilcox; Laurie DeRose. Cambridge : University of Cambridge, 2018. p. 237-260.

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Cooke, L 2018, Pathology of Patriarchy and Family Inequalities. in N Cahn, J Carbone, WB Wilcox & L DeRose (eds), Unequal Family Lives: Causes and Consequences in Europe and the Americas. University of Cambridge, Cambridge, pp. 237-260. https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108235525
Cooke L. Pathology of Patriarchy and Family Inequalities. In Cahn N, Carbone J, Wilcox WB, DeRose L, editors, Unequal Family Lives: Causes and Consequences in Europe and the Americas. Cambridge: University of Cambridge. 2018. p. 237-260 https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108235525
Cooke, Lynn. / Pathology of Patriarchy and Family Inequalities. Unequal Family Lives: Causes and Consequences in Europe and the Americas. editor / Naomi Cahn ; June Carbone ; W Bradford Wilcox ; Laurie DeRose. Cambridge : University of Cambridge, 2018. pp. 237-260
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