Child centred society - Essay

Using information from the item and elsewhere, assess the arguement that Britain has evolved into a successful child centred society (24 marks).

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Using information from the item and elsewhere, assess the argument that Britain
has evolved into a successful child centred society. 24 marks
There are many sociological theories which argue that childhood has improved in vast
amounts over the past few centuries; the March of progress view is one sociological
theory which suggests this. The view argues that there has been a significant amount of
improvement in the status and the way in which children are treated in Britain. Reasons
as to why the March of progress view believe that the status of childhood as improved
include children's rights and education, improved health care, smaller family sizes with
children being the focal point of the family and the way in which society is child centred.
Children's rights have led to the improvement of the position of children in today's society
because they have been given rights and laws; these laws and rights ensure that they
are protected from any danger and harm which may be present in society. This has led to
the improvement in the way that children are treated. Due to this, children are allowed to
enjoy their childhood to the full. Compulsory education being a right for all children aged
between 5 and 16 years old means that children can learn to the best of their
advantage; it also means that in later life, when they grow up, they are able to get a well
paid job that will provide for them. Improved health care is another factor which has led to
the improvement in the status in children; this is because better health care means that
children are more likely to be healthy and have a higher mortality rate; due to this,
children are more likely to live their life without any health problems. Another aspect
which has added to the improvement of the position of children in society is the decrease
in family size; this has led to children becoming the focal point of the family and
household. Due to this, they receive more love and affection from their parents and
careers; because of this, they have a higher feeling of security within their family and
household. Parents and careers also spend more money and time on their children. As a
result, Britain is seen to be a society which has successfully evolved into a child centred
society.
However, the Conflict view would disagree with the March of progress view. Conflict
sociologists, such as Marxists and feminists, argue that society is centred upon conflict
between different social groups such as social class and gender. They believe that this
conflict is present because some social groups have more power, status or wealth than
others. They also believe that the relationship between the different social groups is
based on domination or subordination. The Conflict view would also disagree with the
March of progress view as they believe that the March of progress' view of modern
childhood is centred on false and idealised images which ignore the important
inequalities which are present in today's society. Conflict sociologists criticise the March
of progress view for not taking the vast amount of inequalities between children and
adults into mind. Due to these inequalities, children are subjected to greater control,
oppression and dependency from adults; not greater care and protection, as the March
of progress view claim. As a result of this, Britain is not seen a successfully evolved child
centred society
The Conventionalist view is a view which has been put together by both Functionalists
and the new right approach. The Conventionalist view sees children as being vulnerable
and in need of protection from the dangers and threats of the adult society; they believe
that the only way in which children can receive this protection is if they live in a household
which consists of the nuclear family. The conventionalist would disagree with the March
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This is due to invasion of modern technology in today's
society; sue Palmer is a conventionalist sociologist who argues this point, she claims the
childhood in today's modern society is being intoxicated by technologies which benefit
adults but harm children. Neil Postman is another conventionalist sociologist who argues
that childhood is under threat in today's modern society which is crammed with modern
technologies which are only suitable and beneficial to the adult society such as television.…read more

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