1) Discuss how and why the traditional definition of a family as a married couple with children has broadened in recent decades. What major family forms are common today?
2) Why is conflict between family life and work more common today than it was a century ago? What factors are involved in this change? On balance, do you see these changes as good or not? Why?
3) Based on what you have learned in chapter 13, what are the two or three most serious problems concerning schooling in the United States? Based on your reading and reflecting, what would you do to change schooling in order to address these problems? Be as specific as you can in terms of policy.
4) Explain demographic transition theory. How and why do a society’s population trends change over time? Explain why and when the United States passed through each of the theory’s four stages.
5) How does modernization theory explain global inequality? How does world system theory explain global inequality differently? What can we learn from each approach that might help address the issue of global economic inequality?
6) Explain the assertion that the United States is home to a “disposable society.” Provide examples to support your arguments.