WCU Sociology the Typical American Family Discussion

Sociologist Stephanie Coontz published her work, “The Way We Never Were: American Families and the Nostalgia Trap,” originally in 1992. (Link attached) https://newrepublic.com/article/132001/way-never

1. Why does Coontz title her work, “The Way We Never Were.”

2. Why does it matter that we have a clear picture of what ‘family’ looks like?

3. What trends do you see taking place in the institution of the family, based on the data from Pew Research Center? (See link) https://www.pewresearch.org/social-trends/2015/12/17/1-the-american-family-today/