modernism and the nuclear family

who suggest that there is a 'functional fit' between the nuclear family and modern society?
talcott parsons
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what does 'functional fit' mean?
the nuclear family is said to meet the needs of modern society for a geographically and socially mobile workforce, and provides essential functions.
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what do functionalists regard other family types as and why?
dysfunctional, as their ability to perform the required functions of the family is impaired.
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new rights view on family divesity?
agree with functionalists, that the family is patriarchal nuclear one, with a clear division of labopur between the breadwinner-husband and homemaker-wife
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why do the new right claim that family diversity causes social problems? (lone-parents)
lone mothers cant discipline their children properly, leaves boys without a male role model, leading to educational failure, delinquency and instability. likely to be poorer (burden on thwelfare state and taxpayers)
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what is the main reason for lone parents?
cohabiting couples breaking up.
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Ann oakley's criticisms of the new right?
argues that it is wrong to assume that hiusband and wive's roles are fixed by biology.
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criticisms of the new right- no evidence for?
no evidence that children in lone-parent families are more likely to be deliquent than those brought up in nuclear families.
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what family is linked with Robert Chester?
the neo-conventional family
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his views?
accepts that there has been increased family diversity in recent years. but he doesn't view this as significant or negatively
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what does chester mean with 'neo-conventional family'?
the important change is a move from the dominance of the convential nuclear family.
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who disagrees with chester?
the Rapports
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how do the Rapports view family diversity?
as a positive response to the different needs that people have and not as abnormal or devient.
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what are the 5 different types of family diversity in britain today?
organisational diversity, cultural diversity, social class diversity, life-stage diversity, generational diversity
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what does organisational diversity mean?
this concerns the way family roles are organised
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what does cultural diversity mean? examples
different cultures have different family structures, higher number of extended familys in asian households.
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what does social class diversity mean?
differences in family structure are partly the result of income differences in households of different social classes.
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what is life stage diversity?
family structures differ during stages of the life cycle
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what is generational diversity?
older and younger generations have different beliefs and experiences that reflect the time they have lived in.
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why have functionalist and new right persepectives been described as 'modernist'?
they view modern society to have a relatively ficxed and predictable structure.
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what does 'functional fit' mean?

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the nuclear family is said to meet the needs of modern society for a geographically and socially mobile workforce, and provides essential functions.

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