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1a) Functionalism
Based on a value consensus­ a set of norms and values into which society socialises its
Theoretical approach/Macro approach our behaviour is shaped by social institutions
(politics, family, religion, media, and education).
Society is described as a biological organism if there is something wrong with the society…

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Liberal feminists concerned with campaigning against sex discrimination and for equal rights
(e.g. equal pay, more job opportunities). They argue that women's oppression is being gradually
overcome (march on progress) by changing laws which in turn changes people' attitudes
towards women. Criticisms: other feminist say that changing laws and people's…

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Criticisms: feminists argue that it is an attempt to justify a return to the traditional patriarchal
family. Wrongly assumes that the patriarchal nuclear family is `natural' rather than socially
constructed, cutting benefits would cause greater poverty.

2c) New Rights View on the Family Compared to other Sociological Perspectives
Functionalism: New…

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isn't the same so it leads to divorce. 5) Changes of position of women: men and women are
becoming more equal e.g. jobs, equal pay. Women used to marry for financial stability however,
now women have their own careers to support themselves and no longer need a husband.
Radical feminists…

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Asian families: tend to be larger than other ethnic groups. Households sometimes contain
three generations, because when migrating to Britain houses were often shared by extended
families also they are a higher proportion in the childbearing age groups.

3e) Extended Families Today
Peter Willmott argues that the extended family continues…

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March on progress view Marxist and feminists argue that society is based on conflict
argues that children in western between different social groups such as social classes or gender
societies has been improving There are inequalities among children: many children today are
and today is better than it has unprotected…

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are remaining childless, also women are postponing having children. Older women may be less
fertile and have fewer fertile years remaining, so they produce fewer children.
Reasons for the decline it birth rates: Changes in the position of women legal equality with
men (job opportunities, equal pay), changes in attitudes…

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Net migration difference between the number of immigrants entering a country and
the number of emigrants leaving it
19391945 WWII led to more people immigrating to the UK. 19461978 More people emigrated
than immigrated. 1950's Black immigrants from the Caribbean began to arrive in the UK.
19601970 More immigrates from…

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6b) Postmodernity and the Life Course
Other sociologists reject the modernist idea. Sociologists influenced by social action and
postmodernist views argue that structural or modernist approaches ignore that as individual
social actors, we make choices about our family life and relationships. Structural
approaches wrongly assume that our actions are shaped…

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their lives. Morgan argues, it is pointless trying to make largescale generalisations about
`they family' as if it were a single thing, as functionalists do. Instead we ought to give more
attention to how people create their own diverse family lives and practices.
Weeks observes that despite changing attitudes, family…




Impressive notes! Thank you.



What grade did you get in this module??



I got an A :)



Is this and the unit 2 revision guide that u have enough to get me a A in the exam?



Well thats all I used to revise, so i hope so! :)

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