Race, Gender, And Family

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With the new generation of millennials coming into adulthood, social attitudes are changing and the dynamics between relationships and families are no longer primarily traditional. To explore these new social attitudes, especially in regards to race, gender, and class, the present study conducted interviews about the subjects’ personal beliefs and values. The interviewees were asked questions about work opportunities for those of race, gender, and class minorities, different work/family structures once children are brought into families, and the role of maternal and paternal leave in families. The interviewees vary in their own race, gender, and class and provided answers based on their own personal upbringings. Therefore, their responses vary …show more content…
Katya and Tatianna, for example, both come from lower class homes with their mothers both being the breadwinners of the family. Growing up, these young girls saw their mothers bending over backwards just to make ends meet. Thus, Katya and Tatianna reported having to take care of their younger siblings at a very young age. That stress at a critical development period at their lives put a lot of strain on their family dynamics and it is not something they want to repeat when they start families of their own. They would like to take the opportunity to stay home and be there for their own children in a way that their mothers could not be during their own childhood and adolescence …show more content…
If she is making more money than her husband, she would hope he would take paternal leave so they can have as much money as they possibly can for that crucial time. If she ends up making less money than her husband, she would be happy to take time off, as well, to stay home with the new child. This concept is not about gender roles to Katya; it is about financial stability. Coming from a lower-class home with a single parent and four daughters, she has more knowledge of how to run a household. Katya was involved in household decisions at a very early age because she had to help provide for her family. Therefore, her priorities in making a family are stability and

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