Postmodernism and The Family

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  • Postmodernism
    • The Rapoports (1982)
      • Organisational family
        • There are differences in the roles of the family members in different families
      • Cultural Diversity
        • Cultural, religious and ethnic groups have different family structures and practices
      • Social Class Diversity
        • Different social classes have differences in family structures and child-rearing
      • Life Stage Diversity
        • There are differences in family structure based on life cycle
      • Generational Family
        • Different generations have different attitudes and experiences
    • Cheal (1993)
      • Claimed that we no longer live in a predictable modern society but a new chaotic postmodern stage where family structures are fragmented
        • We can no longer generalise about families as there is no longer a single dominant family type
    • The Individual Thesis
      • Traditional structures have lost influence - now have freedom to chose
        • People are now choosing family types that fit their emotional and social needs
      • Giddens (1992)
        • The Pure Relationship
          • Relationships are no longer bound by norms due to greater equality of the sexes
          • Based on 'confluent love' and if their needs are not being met then they are free to leave
      • Stacey (1998)
        • Argues that greater choice has benefited women as women can now shape the family to meet their needs


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