Eight Transformations of Family Life

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The Tikvah Fund’s executive director Eric Cohen explored the deeper meaning and practical consequences of eight significant transformation in Western family life: the invention of contraceptive technologies, the advance of women in the workplace, the expansion of the state’s role in caring for the very young and the elderly, increased divorce and non-marriage, decreased fertility, skyrocketing illegitimacy, the redefinition of marriage to include same-sex couples, and a new age of reproductive technologies. How should we view these changes? Do they deserve unalloyed optimism? Do they deserve alarm?

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