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

Naomi Cahn and June Carbone


This book 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 ... More

Keywords: family model, Blue Family Paradigm, workforce, gender role, Red Family Paradigm, Bible Belt, rural America, divorce, family system

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780199836819
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199836819.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Naomi Cahn, author
Research Professor of Law, George Washington University Law School, Washington, DC

June Carbone, author
Chair of Law, the Constitution and Society, University of Missouri-Kansas City, Kansas City, MO