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Introduction

F. Heath Anthony, John Ermisch and Duncan Gallie

in Understanding Social Change

Published by British Academy

Published in print February 2005 | ISBN: 9780197263143
Published online February 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191734939 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5871/bacad/9780197263143.003.0001

Series: British Academy Centenary Monographs

Introduction

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At the beginning of the twenty-first century, Britain is in the process of rapid social change. There are major changes going on in the patterns of family formation, there is a growing rate of childbirth outside marriage, and the so-called second demographic transition should be noted as well. This book aims to understand and explain the social mechanisms that underlie some of the major features of contemporary social life. It discusses how sociology makes important contributions to public debate about education, gender inequalities, ethnic disadvantage, unemployment and new religious movements.

Keywords: Britain; social change; family; childbirth; demographic transition; sociology; gender inequalities; ethnic disadvantage; unemployment; new religious movements

Chapter.  7940 words. 

Subjects: Social Research and Statistics

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