Sociology of the family: family diversity

Different perspectives on family diverisity. Perspectives include functionlists, marxists, feminists, and New Right. Chester and a lot more sociologists are mentioned in the mindmap. The minmap also highlights their research in general.

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  • Family Diversity
    • Postmodernists
      • Giddens - relationships in the modern world
        • Love is dependent upon partners benefiting from the relationship. Couples no longer stay together out of sense of duty if they are not fulfilled in the relationship, so divorce abd relationship breakdown become more common.
      • Beck and Beck-Gernsheim - individualization
        • Increased opportunitities for individuals, espacially women, to take decisions about their lives.
    • Feminists
      • Stacey - the postmodern family
        • Families are very varied in the structure and form they take. Families are constantly changing. They also have no set structure that is regarded as the ideal.
      • Eileen Drew
        • Familistic gender regimes favour and support traditional nuclear families in which husbands are expected to be the main breadwinner while wives are expected to concentrate on domestic responsibilities.
    • New Right
      • Patricia Morgan
        • There is an increase in cohabitation amongst couples whether they have children or not. An increase in the proportion of the population living in a one-person household.
    • Functionlists
      • Chester - the neo-conventional family
        • Chester's research in 1985 highlights the following; most people still get married, most children are reared by their natural parents. He also found most people live in a household headed by a married couple and that most people stay married
      • Elizabeth Silva and Carol Smart
        • These two sociologists agree with Chester and say that cohabititing or married couples, many of whom have children or go on to have children remain very important in contemporary family life.


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