Family Formation in Multi-Cultural Britain: diversity and change

Publication type

Conference Paper


Association of Teachers in the Social Sciences Conference


Publication date

July 2, 2004


The family structures of ethnic minority groups in Britain are compared with those of the white population. Caribbeans' low rates of marriage and high rates of single parenthood are characterised as adopting 'modern individualism'. South Asians' high rates of marriage are characterised as adhering to 'old-fashioned values'. Even among Asians, Pakistanis and Bangladeshis stand out in terms of low rates of economic activity among women, and large family sizes. All groups are moving in the same direction: Caribbeans ahead of the white trend, South Asians behind it. Some of the patterns observed are associated with child poverty.

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