English title: A chorus of disapproval? European attitudes to non-traditional family patterns
Author(s): Eric Harrison - Rory Fitzgerald -
Type: Book chapter
This chapter attempts to describe and explain variations in the extent to which individuals express personal disapproval of lifestyle choices that run counter to established social norms such as marriage, family formation and the role of mothers in looking after children. The clearest message is that in most countries, including the UK, there will not be a ‘chorus of disapproval’ if these traditional social norms are transgressed. Rather, we are likely to hear only a minority of the choir singing with a disapproving tone. Certain sections are likely to sing more loudly than others, including men, older cohorts, the less educated and the more religious. However, the prevailing attitude towards individuals’ lifestyle choices can perhaps best be described as indifference.
From page no: 135
To page no: 156
Anthology: British Social Attitudes 26th Report