Family Diversity and the Life Course

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What main things do Postmodernists believe?
Functionalism and Marxism is out of date, people have a choice, developed in last 20yrs
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Additional Postmodernist beliefs? What part of our identity no longer matters?
People less likely to have a job for life, media is more important in our lives, consumption is a defining feature, we sample styles
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What has happened to our identity (Postmodernists)? What part of our identity no longer matters?
Lost our sense of belonging and it is unstable. Class, family, gender, job/status and religion/ethnicity
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What influences our identity (Postmodernists)?
Mainstream popular culture, designer labels, popular music and fashionable clothes
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What do Postmodernists believe has happened to our faith? What is New Reality?
Lost faith in science and technology and people are turning towards the supernatural. New Reality = reality shaped by images in the media, and these become more real and important in our lives
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What do Postmodernists believe about globalisation and knowledge?
Globalisation = challenges importance of local/national culture. Knowledge = people don't have faith in theories that explain/challenge the world and people are sceptical about science
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What are the criticisms of Postmodernists (3)?
Makes social changes more important than actually are. Some people still think class, gender and ethnicity are part of their identity. Consumption has increased but depends on income
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What are the New Right?
Modern functionalists, but politicall y based in ideology rather than sociologically and name given to ideas of the political right.
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What does the New Right believe?
Nuclear family good because it's natural way to care for children and best, other family types damage society
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2 New Right politicains? 1 Key New Right commentator?
Margaret Thatcher and John Redwood. Charles Murray
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Criticisms of the New Right (4)?
Oakley - wrong to assume role are biologically defined, cross cultural studies show differing male and female roles,little proof lone parent families are part of a dependency culture and the children will turn to crime
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What is the Life Course? How many households can a person live in by the age of 30?
Number of different households a person can live in. 8
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John Redwood study, quote and who is he?
Conservative MP - still alive. Nuclear family in state of deterioration. 'The natural state should be the two adult family caring for their children'
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Chester's study
Saw family diversity but not significant or negative. Only important change is move away from the conventional nuclear family to the neo-conventional which is a dual earning family. Similar to W+Y symmetrical family
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Why is Chester not concerned by diversity?
Nuclear family is the ideal and most choose not to live in a different family in the long term. Many people who aren't in a nuclear fam. either have been or will be and the nuclear family is still dominant
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Rapoports 5 types of diversity?
Organisational (roles arranged), cultural (matrifocal in caribbean fam.), social class (leads to different families), Life stage (differ in stage of lifecycle), generational (different attitudes depending on time from)
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Rapoports and diversity = why, shows?
We have more diverse cultures and lifestyles. Shows freedom and different needs
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Weeks
Growing acceptance of diversity as change in attitudes. Since 50s more secularisation. Sexual morality is a choice. Family patterns still traditional. Most live in a family and many divorcees re-marry. Sexual + fam. diversity widely accepted
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What does Weeks think about the New Rights opposition to diversity?
They are fighting a loosing battle
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Giddens
We have greater choice an more equal relationships. Contraception means reproduction less important. Women more independent. Relationships are a way of self exploration and they can be pure. Choice makes relationships less stable.
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Giddens - why do couples stay together and what do they do in their relationship?
They stay together because they want to and they define their relationship by themselves rather than acting out roles
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What's a divorce extended family and who came up with it?
Stacy - member connected by divorce instead of marriage. Key members are usually women who were formers in-laws or mans ex-wife and new partner
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