Family diversity

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What does Beck (1992) (Postmodernism) believe about family diversity?
They argue that there is a new type of family that has replaced the traditional nuclear family and it is called the 'negotiated family'- decide what is best for themselves, enter relationships on equal basis and are free to leave.
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Stacey (Postmodernism) did a study into the divorce-extended families that women create after divorce. Discuss her findings.
She interviewed divorced women in Sillicon Valley (California) and found that they had taken greater control on their lives and it had bought them together to form a family/support network. Divorce brought the women together.
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What does Hareven (1978) (Postmodernism) (1978) believe about family diversity?
She believes in 'life-course analysis'. She says that there is no point talking about 'fixed' families as there is flexibility and variation through people's lives. Several family types throughout their lives, ever-changing.
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Morgan supports life-course analysis. Discuss her views.
Highlights how different families have different practices depending on the attitudes, beliefs and values that they hold.
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Discuss Giddens' (Postmodernism) view on diversity.
She believes there is more diversity due to a 'choice-based society'. Two main contributes: 1. Improved knowledge and avail. of contraception. 2. Increased independence of women.Couples define their own relationships and create 'pure relationships'
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What is Chester's (Postmodernism) Neo-Coventional families?
A nuclear family but with a division of labour between male and females. It is a dual-earner family.
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Discuss Cheal's (Postmodernism) view on diversity.
Family structures are fragmented and individuals have more choice in lifestyles, personal relationships and arrangements. Family life is more diverse than ever before- depends on active choices that people make in their lives.
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What are the five types of family diversity that the Rappaport's (Postmodernism) state are in our pluralistic society?
1. Organised diversity. 2. Cultural diversity. 3. Social class diversity. 4. Life-stage diversity. 5. Generational diversity.
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What do New Right thinkers believe about family diversity?
Creates welfare dependency, married to the state, underclass and a cycle of deprivation. No other family type comes close to the nuclear family and marriage is essential for social stability.
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State some criticisms of the New Right's view on diversity.
Ignore that other family types can perform the same functions, ignores the dark side of the family. Feminism- 'Ideal' family type acts as a form of women's oppression.
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Stacey (Postmodernism) did a study into the divorce-extended families that women create after divorce. Discuss her findings.

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She interviewed divorced women in Sillicon Valley (California) and found that they had taken greater control on their lives and it had bought them together to form a family/support network. Divorce brought the women together.

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What does Hareven (1978) (Postmodernism) (1978) believe about family diversity?

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Morgan supports life-course analysis. Discuss her views.

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Discuss Giddens' (Postmodernism) view on diversity.

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