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Social Policy
Direct vs. Indirect
The plans and actions of government agencies which affect
our lives. They are usually based on laws that most agencies
work within




Some social policies directly Some social policies indirectly
affect families eg. those affect families eg relating to
relating to divorce, abortion, compulsory schooling,…

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The effect of Family Policies
Donzelot: The Policing of Families

Donzelot argue that policies and procedures
such as health visitors and social workers and
even TV programmes e.g. Super Nanny act
as a form of social control.
They ,,police families to ensure "normal"
patterns of child development, encourage
certain patterns…

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Families around the world
What do these tell you?
In the CZECH REPUBLIC, it is standard that mothers
stay at home for 3 years with every child. All
mothers can decide to take 2, 3 or 4 years of
maternity leave. It is also possible for the fathers to
take…

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Examine the ways in
which social policies and
laws may influence
families and households

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How can you answer this question?
A good way to start, is to think about theoretical
perspectives...
How do:
Functionalists
New Right/New Labour
Marxists
Feminists
Postmodernists
...see these policies?


Social Policy

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