Family and social policy + Changing family patterns

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Feminists view on social policy
Social policy protects patriarchy. New Right are encouraging a sexist society whereby women stay at home and men go out and work.
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Marxists view on social policy
Social policy is designed to protect capitalism. They oppose the New Right and they think that reducing the benefits to the poor will only make them poorer.
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What are the main changes of family patterns?
Variety of households, Fewer people marry, More people cohabit, High divorce rates, People are having fewer children, People are having children later in life.
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More variety of households
Households are getting smaller, Nuclear families have fallen, Increase in lone-parent families and single-parent households, Increase in reconstituted families (because of the increased divorce rate) and increase in same-sex households.
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Fewer people marry and more people cohabit instead
A quarter of non-married adults were cohabiting (2001)
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High divorce rate
UK has the highest divorce rate in Europe: 25,000 (1961) - 146,000 (1997)
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Reasons for the high divorce rate
Divorce has become easier to get, it is more socially acceptable and women have become more financially independent.
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People are having fewer children later in life
Because women are choosing to be child-free and more career focused
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Marxists view on social policy

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Social policy is designed to protect capitalism. They oppose the New Right and they think that reducing the benefits to the poor will only make them poorer.

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What are the main changes of family patterns?

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More variety of households

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Fewer people marry and more people cohabit instead

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