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Britain’s Changing Families

by David De La Torre

In The post-nuclear age, The Economist reports on the changing family structure in Britain.

[T]he British family has splintered. There are now three broad family types, identified with the university-educated professional classes, the native working classes and immigrants. Each is going its own way.

The first, well-to-do, group has largely held to old-fashioned ideas about marriage. Among professionals, births within marriage are four times as common as births where the father is registered as absent from the household — a proportion that has hardly changed in the past decade. And in some ways the upper middle classes are coming to seem more orthodox. [more]