Individualized, and at the same time highly institutionalized societies demand from their members that they are able to make informed choices within the range of possibilities and opportunities offered. Not everything is possible, all the more important it is to choose deliberately. That needs consideration and negotiation in many respects: right or wrong educational and professional choices; right or wrong (sexual) partner; sensible or unreasonable consumption.
Making informed choices can be learned; in that respect the concept refers to education and training.
One of the “hottest” fields of choices is where men and women meet and gender is negotiated. Concerning young parenthood, the life-work balance is at stake, in combination with consumption patterns, weighing the pros and cons of a (second) child, and other family issues (see also parenthood; flexibility; participation; education/learning; individualization). (MdBR)
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