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lone parent families- UNNNATRUAL AND HARMFUL, especially children:

  • burdern on welfare state
  • lone parent mothers cant disciple
  • leave boys without an adukt role body = higher rates of deliquenct, threatening socila stability

EVIDENCE: BENSON, data on parents of over 15,000 babies born 200-1

  • nearly 3,000 mothers lone parent during 1st 3 years of baby life
  • rate of fam breakdown much lower amongst married couple
  • 6% married, 20% chohabitating, 74% vlosely involved

FAMILY BREAKDOWN INCREASES HARM TO CHIILDREN

  • Amato- children in these families, more liekely to live in peverty, and educational failure,
  • experience crime health problems and in futyre fam breakdown when afults

Conservatiove and NR=evidence that fam and society at large are BROKEN, return to 'traditional values (e.g.marriage) NECESSARY TO PREVENT SOCIAL DISTRUPION, harm to children

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NOT MARRIAGE - PROVIDES PROTECTION AGAINST FAMILY BREAKDOWN, BUT DEGREE OF COMMITMENT, more commited-more likely to marry, more likely to stay together afterwards

ANN OAKLEY  - 'husband + wife role fixed by biology' WRONG

  • cross cultural studies= social construct, GREAT BARIATION in the roled men and women perform within the fam
  • (F) traditional nuclear fan- based on patricarchal oppression of women, FUNDAMENTAL CAUSE OF GENDER EQUALITY
  • stop women from working, keep dependent on men, denies equal say in decision making

NR: oppose recent trends in family life, political and economicl grounds

  • conservatuves hate tax & government spending
  • family breakdown and increase in lone parent fam = increase spending welfare benifits
  • paid out of public funds= bigger tax burden on working population
  • high levels of tax incentive= PERVERSE NCENTIVES, punish responsibel, reward responsible, undermine traditional fam, X men work, encourage dependency culture, living off benifits
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LITTLE/NO EVIDENCE THAT LONE PARENT FAM PART OF DEPENDENCY CULTURE/ CHILDREN IN LONE PARENT INCREASE LIKELHOOD OF DELIINQUENCT THAT THOSE IN 2 PARENT HOUSEHOLD OF SAME SOCIAL CLASS

N.R: LOVE CUTTING/ABOLISHING WELFARE BENIFITS,

  • reduce deoendency culture
  • encourage convential family
  • conservative, anti feminist perspective on fam, firmly oppsed to family diversity, like functionalists ONLY ONE CORRECT FAM TYPE- nuclear with marriage
  • clear dicisions of labout
  • family CORNERSTONE OF SOCIETY, =REFUGE, HARMONY
  • decine of nuclear fam and increase diversity=social distruption leadsing to higher crime rates and educational failure
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