The New Right - Families & Households revision

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  • Beliefs of the New Right
  • Charles Murray
  • Policies of the New Right
  • Criticisms of the New Right - Mcintosh, Smart
  • Melanie Phillips
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AS Sociology 24th April 2010
Families & Households revision
THE NEW RIGHT
The New right is a political movement that focused on policies around Morality and a
return to more traditional norms and values
BELIEFS OF THE NEW RIGHT
Familial Ideology ­ Traditional nuclear family with a clear sexual division of
labour
Strongly against alternative family types
See SPF's as creating social problems
Family is part of the private sphere and so shouldn't be controlled by the state
If benefits are on offer then people will be encourage to engage in deviant family
structures ­ attack on SPF's
Stable nuclear family = stable society
CHARLES MURRAY
Saw Britain's problems with rising crime and unemployment as a result of an
emerging underclass
Underclass consisted of people who claimed welfare benefits and were SPF's
Situation could lead to deviancy amongst the children
POLICIES OF THE NEW RIGHT
1. The Child Support Agency: The CSA chased absent fathers in order for them
to pay child maintenance, instead of the state
2. The 1986 Social Security Act: Benefits to the unemployed became less
generous. Many Single parents lost out
3. A variety of tax changes: Married couples were given tax breaks
4. Means tested repayable loans: Particularly for married couples
CRITICISMS OF THE NEW RIGHT ­ McIntosh
The New Right portray SPF's in a very negative light
SPF's were linked regularly with crime, unemployment & educational failure
This led to a selffulfilling prophecy
CAROL SMART
The New Right use Single mothers as scape goats for the problems of wider
society
Chris Cartwright

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AS Sociology 24th April 2010
Families & Households revision
MARXIST CRITICISM (Single mothers as the scapegoats of moral panics)
Any problem in society that may make it appear the ruling class are losing
control must be blamed on something
E.g.…read more

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