Changes In Family Structure

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According to Parsons, how did Indistrialisation change Family Structure?
It increased the number of nuclear families. More people left to go to work meaning that work and home were seperated
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According to Parsons, how did Industrialistion change the function of the family
The nuclear family focuses more on the Sociolisation of the children. They become an isolated unit meaning that they don't have any ties with local kinship. Because of this, the family can easily move (geographical mobility)
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According to Functionalists, how did Industrialsation change the roles and status in the family
The nuclear family allows individuals to achieve status and position without conflict. It's okay if an individual achieves a higher or lower status than previous generations. More social mobility occurs. He says that the gender roles come from here.
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According to Young and Wilmott, how has Family structure changed over time?
3 stages: industrial (family is unit of economic production), privatised nuclear (family has symmetrical roles and is now a unit of consumption) Asymmetrical- (family now have asymmetrical roles because they spend work/lesuire sperate from home.
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Give a criticism of Young and Wilmotts theory of changing family structures
They're criticsed for saying that family structure and got better and better. They're described as 'March of progress'. They ignore negative aspects that being in a nuclear family misses. Feminists say- not equal roles in the symmetrical family
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What is social policy?
Laws set by the government that are designed to influence family structure and life.
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Give two examples or conservative policies in the 1980s and 1990s that affected family life.
Child Supprt Agency- meant absent parents had to pay money towards the well being of the child. Children Act outlined the first time the right of the child.
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What was New Labours attitude towards family diversity?
They were aware of family diversity and encouraged it. They made laws such as civil partnerships and same sex marriages legal.
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How can social policy be used to control families? Use one example to explain your answer.
The coalition government made a law meaning that cohabiting couples could adopt. Before this law, couples who were romantically involved and living together, may not have had the option to have children and start a family.
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Describe the attitude of the Coaltilon government towards marriage.
The coalition government believe that marriage was a stabilising force in family life.
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According to Parsons, how did Industrialistion change the function of the family

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The nuclear family focuses more on the Sociolisation of the children. They become an isolated unit meaning that they don't have any ties with local kinship. Because of this, the family can easily move (geographical mobility)

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