Red Families v. Blue Families: Legal Polarization and the Creation of Culture

Red Families v. Blue Families identifies a new family model geared for the post-industrial economy. Rooted in the urban middle class, the coasts and the “blue states” in the last three presidential elections, the Blue Family Paradigm emphasizes the importance of women’s as well as men’s workforce participation, egalitarian gender roles, and the delay of

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Red Families v. Blue Families identifies a new family model geared for the post-industrial economy. Rooted in the urban middle class, the coasts and the “blue states” in the last three presidential elections, the Blue Family Paradigm emphasizes the importance of women’s as well as men’s workforce participation, egalitarian gender roles, and the delay of family formation until both parents are emotionally and financially ready. By contrast, the Red Family Paradigm–associated with the Bible Belt, the mountain west, and rural America–rejects these new family norms, viewing the change in moral and sexual values as a crisis. In this world, the prospect of teen childbirth is the necessary deterrent to premarital sex, marriage is a sacred undertaking between a man and a woman, and divorce is society’s greatest moral challenge. Yet, the changing economy is rapidly eliminating the stable, blue collar jobs that have historically supported young families, and early marriage and childbearing derail the education needed to prosper. The result is that the areas of the country most committed to traditional values have the highest divorce and teen pregnancy rates, fueling greater calls to reinstill traditional values.

Featuring the groundbreaking research first hailed in The New Yorker, this penetrating book will transform our understanding of contemporary American culture and law. The authors show how the Red-Blue divide goes much deeper than this value system conflict–the Red States have increasingly said “no” to Blue State legal norms, and, as a result, family law has been rent in two. The authors close with a consideration of where these different family systems still overlap, and suggest solutions that permit rebuilding support for both types of families in changing economic circumstances.

Incorporating results from the 2008 election, Red Families v. Blue Families will reshape the debate surrounding the culture wars and the emergence of red and blue America.

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biblio says:

Goes way past political rhetoric to examine how the US lives The authors of this book discuss how actual differences in the way that people live, and form families, create differences in how people perceive value issues. They explore how economic change underlies these different lifestyles, and what this means to American families. They support their assertions with data. 

Betsy A. Murphy says:

Interesting Thesis, but casts too wide of a net I purchased this book after reading about it in an article on Slate.com. The author’s thesis is an intriguing one: The nation is increasingly made up of two types of families, red and blue, or information-era families and left-behind families. Blue families are those made up of college graduates (generally) who have deferred marriage and child-bearing until they have achieved some measure of both emotional maturity and financial security. These are the urban-dwelling, politically liberal…

Amazon Customer says:

A remarkably informative book This is a remarkable book! Two scholars of Family Law have written a book anyone can understand, and everyone should read. Why? Anyone who watches election returns knows about Red (Republican) and Blue (Democratic) States. The authors explain with admirable clarity how and why our country has become Red/Blue – polarized geographically, economically, and religiously, as well as politically. 

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