Families and social policies: Perspectives on families and social policy

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FEMINISTS

  • Social institutionns maintain womens subordinate position
  • Society is patriarchal
  • LAND - Assume the the ideal family is nucleaer
  • LEACH - 'Cereal packet norm'
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MARXISTS

  • MOP
  • Society is based on social class conflict
  • We live in a capitalist society
  • Social policies do not benefit members equaly
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FUNCTIONALISM

  • FLETCHER - Different polices have lead to the development of the welfare state - helps families to perform their functions better
  • Society is built on harmony and without conflict

CRITICISMS

  • Assumes all members benefit from social policies
  • Assumes MOP view
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THE NEW RIGHT

  • Policies can encourage a dependency culture
  • They see the nuclear family as best
  • MURRAY - Benefits offer 'perserve incentives'

CRITICISMS

  • Cutting benefits - more people will live in poverty
  • FEMINISTS - Attempt to justify a patriarchal society
  • Wrongly assumes that the nucealr family is natural
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NEW LABOR

  • Certain policies can improve life for some families
  • Strengthening marriage and cutting benefits
  • Conservative party - Changed adoption laws
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DONZELOT: POLICIES of FAMILIES

  • Rejects the MOP view
  • Polices ar like state power over families

CRITICISMS: 

  • MARISTS and FEMINISTS
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