Individualism and Responsibility: Women’s Relationships Within Their Families

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In Chapter 2 I discussed Giddens’ (1991, 1992) argument that the freeing of sex from reproduction results in plastic sexuality and the transformation of intimacy, contrasting it with Beck and Beck-Gernsheim’s (1995, 2001) argument that individualization, particularly that of women, threatens the institution of family. Beck and Beck-Gernsheim argue that the contradiction between the flexibility and mobility required to succeed in the job market and the stability and rootedness required to create a strong family life can threaten the family. In spite of these crucial differences, both theorists are united in the position that modernity strengthens individualization.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationGenders and Sexualities in the Social Sciences
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan Ltd.
Number of pages24
Publication statusPublished - 2013

Publication series

NameGenders and Sexualities in the Social Sciences
ISSN (Print)2947-8782
ISSN (Electronic)2947-8790

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Gender Studies
  • Life-span and Life-course Studies


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