The New Right View of the Family



- More allied to political movements than sociological ones, the New Right take inspiration from functionalist ideas.

- Closely linked to Conservatives in the United Kingdom and Republicans in the United States, New Right ideas rose to prominence in the late 1970s through to the present day.

- Reduced state intervention, personal responsibility and traditional values.

The New Right View of the Family

- Argued that progressive policies throughout the 1960s and 1970s had led to the decline of traditional family values.

- Increases in divorce, lone-parent families and permissive policies relating to reproductive rights and sexuality had seen the influence of family decline.

- Looked back on a 'golden age' of family life, stable family structures that could provide for their own needs through employment. 

Charles Murray

- Murray argued that state spending on benefits had created a form of welfare dependency.

- Created a generation of 'idle young men' who lacked father figures and were the formation of an underclass.


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