Definition of Symmetrical Family
Example of Symmetrical Family
- Alexis and Kelly are married and both work, they make a conscious effort to divide household duties equally.
Etymology of Symmetrical Family
- Coined by Michael Young (1915–2002) and Peter Willmott (1923–2000) in The Symmetrical Family (1973), based on research in England, describing the evolution of the family structure towards a more egalitarian model of a joint conjugal-role relationship instead of segregated conjugal-role relationship. The implications and criticisms of this work are oft discussed in the social sciences.
Symmetrical Family Pronunciation
Syllabification: sym·met·ri·cal fam·i·ly
- American English – /suh-mEt-ri-kuhl fAm-lee/
- British English – /si-mE-trik fAm-uh-lee/
International Phonetic Alphabet
- American English – /səˈmɛtrɪkəl ˈfæməli/
- British English – /sɪˈmɛtrɪkəl ˈfæmɪli/
- Plural: symmetrical families
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- Word origin of “symmetrical” and “family” – Online Etymology Dictionary: etymonline.com
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Bilton, Tony, Kevin Bonnett, Pip Jones, David Skinner, Michelle Stanworth, and Andrew Webster. 1996. Introductory Sociology. 3rd ed. London: Macmillan.
ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)
Bell, Kenton, ed. 2014. “symmetrical family.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved April 2, 2020 (https://sociologydictionary.org/symmetrical-family/).
APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)
symmetrical family. (2014). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from https://sociologydictionary.org/symmetrical-family/
Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)
Bell, Kenton, ed. 2014. “symmetrical family.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed April 2, 2020. https://sociologydictionary.org/symmetrical-family/.
MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)
“symmetrical family.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2014. Web. 2 Apr. 2020. <https://sociologydictionary.org/symmetrical-family/>.