The Growth of Family Diversity

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  • The growth of family diversity
    • What is family diversity?
      • Family diversity suggests that in any one era, no particular type of family is dominant or can be considered as the norm.
      • Anderson - there has always been a diversity of family types.
    • The cereal packet image of the family
      • Found in the media
      • Oakley - marketing and advertising often tries to sell products to what is seen as the typical family.
      • Thorne - believes that gender, generation, race and class result in widely varying experiences of family lif
      • Stereotype of the nuclear family misleading and there is no sense of family diversity.
    • Family diversity in Britain
      • Rapopports - spotted that the nuclear family has become the minority.
      • Increase in more diverse family structures.
    • Types of diversity
      • Organizational - variations in family structure and the division of labour within the home.
      • Cultural - differences in lifestyles between families of ethnic backgrounds and religious back grounds
      • Class - families of upper, middle and lower class.
      • Stage in life cycle - where families are in the stages of their lives.
      • Cohort - group born over the same time period, have different family pattern to those of their parents generation.
    • Reasons for diversification
      • Allan and Crow - diversification has continued and there is no set course to the life cycle. also reflects on individualism - life choices.
      • Rising in divorce increase in lone parent households.
      • Increase in number of stepfamilies as remarriage becomes more socially acceptable.
      • Rise in the number of couples cohabiting.
    • New types of diversity
      • Weeks and Donovan - increase in gay and lesbian households.
      • Surrogate motherhood - this is due to the advances in new technologies.


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