The New Right on the Family

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  • The New Right on the Family
    • General Views
      • See the family as the coner stone of the family
      • The "normal" family is the heterosexual nuclear family
      • in recent years there has been a growing concern for the family as it is underthreat
      • Family diversity is rising
        • This is seen as "moral decay"
      • call for a return to traditional family values
    • Social Changes that are causing the breakdown of family life
      • in recent years there has been a growing concern for the family as it is underthreat
      • Lone Parent Families
      • Fatherless families
      • High Divorce Rates
      • Cohabitation
      • Same-sex Couples
      • What caused these social changes?
        • The New Right on the Family
          • General Views
            • See the family as the coner stone of the family
            • The "normal" family is the heterosexual nuclear family
            • Family diversity is rising
              • This is seen as "moral decay"
            • call for a return to traditional family values
          • Social Changes that are causing the breakdown of family life
            • Lone Parent Families
            • Fatherless families
            • High Divorce Rates
            • Cohabitation
            • Same-sex Couples
            • What caused these social changes?
              • A breakdown of traditional values
              • overgenerous benefits to single mothers
                • this allows fathers to opt out of their responsibilities to the child
              • the influence of feminism
                • devalued marriage, domesticity, and childrearing
                • encouraged women to seek fulfilment outside of the home
              • increased sexual permissiveness
              • greater tolerance of sam-sex couples
          • consequences of social changes
            • the 'fragmented family' is no longer performing its functions effectively
              • children and young people under-achieve at school and behave in anti-social ways
                • 'fragmented family' is no longer providing adequate socialisation
            • 'fragmented family' is no longer providing adequate socialisation
            • "overgenerous" benefits can lead to welfare dependancy
          • Solutions to these problems
            • consequences of social changes
              • the 'fragmented family' is no longer performing its functions effectively
                • children and young people under-achieve at school and behave in anti-social ways
                • "overgenerous" benefits can lead to welfare dependancy
              • A return to traditional family values
                • life-long marriage, recognition of duties and responsibilities of parenthood
              • A change in government policy
                • redirection benefits and social service provision to support and maintain 2-parent familes
            • Dennis and Erdos
              • The rise in number of children brought up without fathers is worrying
                • these children are associated with antisocial behaviour, criminality, delinquency and educational under-achievement
              • Criticisms
                • underplay the role of poverty
                • is this because of a lack of father or because of the unemployment rate?
                  • these children are associated with antisocial behaviour, criminality, delinquency and educational under-achievement
                • do lone parent families do "on average worse" because of a lack of father or because the income of a single parent is 43% of that of a two parent family
              • Single Parents
                • Murray
                  • Single parents are the heart of the underclass
                    • the most underprivileged part of society
                    • They socialise their children into a culture revolving around crime, delinquency, anti-authority, anti-work, and anti-family
                      • girls deliberately get pregnant in order to receive state benefits
                • there is a connection between one parents families, educational underachievement, and delinquency
                  • children in these families may lack self-discipline and be emotionally disturbed
                • African-Caribbean crime and urban riots are due to "inferior" civilisation in one parent families
              • Criticisms
                • Chester
                  • The dominant ideology that stresses the nuclear family is the ideal family type leads to negative labelling of one parent families by social agencies
                    • eg. teachers, social workers
                    • this can lead to a self-fufilling propechy
                  • rejects the view that "inferior" parenting is the cause of problems
                • Argues to cause a "moral panic" has resulted from the "back to basics" campaign against single mothers
                  • labels children from one parents families as "potential trouble"
                  • Popay
                    • social agencies may end up viewing the absence of a parent as automatically problematic
                • consider every family type that is not nuclear as inferior
                  • who is to say this?
                • present an idealisaed view of the past
            • A breakdown of traditional values
            • overgenerous benefits to single mothers
              • this allows fathers to opt out of their responsibilities to the child
            • the influence of feminism
              • devalued marriage, domesticity, and childrearing
              • encouraged women to seek fulfilment outside of the home
            • increased sexual permissiveness
            • greater tolerance of sam-sex couples
        • Solutions to these problems
          • A return to traditional family values
            • life-long marriage, recognition of duties and responsibilities of parenthood
          • A change in government policy
            • redirection benefits and social service provision to support and maintain 2-parent familes
        • Dennis and Erdos
          • The rise in number of children brought up without fathers is worrying
            • Criticisms
              • underplay the role of poverty
              • is this because of a lack of father or because of the unemployment rate?
                • do lone parent families do "on average worse" because of a lack of father or because the income of a single parent is 43% of that of a two parent family
              • Single Parents
                • Murray
                  • Single parents are the heart of the underclass
                    • the most underprivileged part of society
                    • They socialise their children into a culture revolving around crime, delinquency, anti-authority, anti-work, and anti-family
                      • girls deliberately get pregnant in order to receive state benefits
                • there is a connection between one parents families, educational underachievement, and delinquency
                  • children in these families may lack self-discipline and be emotionally disturbed
                • African-Caribbean crime and urban riots are due to "inferior" civilisation in one parent families
              • Criticisms
                • Chester
                  • The dominant ideology that stresses the nuclear family is the ideal family type leads to negative labelling of one parent families by social agencies
                    • eg. teachers, social workers
                    • this can lead to a self-fufilling propechy
                  • rejects the view that "inferior" parenting is the cause of problems
                • Argues to cause a "moral panic" has resulted from the "back to basics" campaign against single mothers
                  • labels children from one parents families as "potential trouble"
                  • Popay
                    • social agencies may end up viewing the absence of a parent as automatically problematic
                • consider every family type that is not nuclear as inferior
                  • who is to say this?
                • present an idealisaed view of the past

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