Family diversity and the life course - Postmodernism and the life course

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Family DIVERSITY

  • CHEAL - Family has entered a new, chaotic, postmodern stage, we no longer live in a modern world
  • A&Ds - Greater freedom to individuals, greater risk of instability
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WEEKS: ACCEPTANCE of DIVERSITY

  • Shift since the 50s
  • Churches have less of an impact
  • Families are still fairly traditional
  • Sees the new right as fighting a loosing battle
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BECK: 'RISK society' and the NEGOTIATED family

  • Tradtion has become less influential

Why the patriacrhal family has become undermined:

  • Greater gender equality - Women expect equality in work and marriage, challenges male domination
  • Greater individualism - Peoples actions are influenced by peoples interests, not by what other people think is right
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LIFE COURSE analysis

  • Focuses on the meanings people give certain choices and experiences
  • Has two stengths - 1.Suitable for studying families in todays society    2. Focuses on what family members think is important
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IGNORE TWO facts

  • Greater choice about personal relationships
  • Individuals make choices about their family life and relationships
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Family PRACTCIES

  • Influenced by beliefs
  • Allows us to see and understand why conflict can occur within families
  • MORGAN - 'Closer to realities of everday experciences' , the family is more fragmented
  • FUNCTIONALISM - Family is clear cut
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STACEY: DIVORCE EXTENDED family

  • Greater choice has benefited women
  • Free women from patriarchal oppression
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TWO views of DIVERSITY

AGAINST

  • THE NEW RIGHT - Nuclear family is best

FOR

  • POST MODERNISTS - Freedon to choose
  • FEMINISTS - Streering away from the patriarchal family
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GIDDINS: CHOICE and EQUALITY

  • Women have gained independance
  • Contraception
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