new right perspectives on family

new right an the family?
do not see choice and liberty as being so important in terms of family life. instead they see traditional nuclear family as the cornerstone of stability in society
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new right favour the nuclear family because:
they see them as encouraging self reliance- family members help each other rather than relying on state. this helps to reduce state expenditure on welfare. they see families as encouraging shared moral values and best way to pass down morality.
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unlike functionalists thinking family is a stable institution
new right think society in increasingly unstable leading to an increase in social problems.
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new right policies?
when Margaret thatcher was in power, policies were introduced to try to support the traditional nuclear family of a married couple and children for example 1988 taxation was changed so that cohabiting couples could no longer claim greater allowances
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pamela abbott and clair wallace?
argue that some of thatchers polices allowed or even encouraged people to live outside the traditional nuclear families. for example divorce las made it relatively easy for married couple to break up. welfare payments made it easy to be single parent
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decline in nuclear family?
some new right thinkers such as Patricia Morgan think there is strong evidence of a decline in the nuclear family since the 1970's
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relationship and social change
murdock believed that the family has universal functions and that the nuclear family is typical of all societies. radical feminists see family as essentially similar as they are patriarchal.
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neither of the above approaches see the changed however some theorists do.
liberal feminists believe that the family is getting less patriarchal& postmodernists believe that families are changing as we move into a postmodern era
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most theorists tend to believe that a change in society will result in a change in the family.
parsons believes that a change in the structure of society led to change in the family.
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however there is also the view that family itself can change society.
the structure of the family can shape the direction of change in society. for example peter laslett believed that the dominance of nuclear families helped to cause the industrial revolution in some countries.
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parsons:the family and industrialisation?
he believed the extended family was well suited to industrial society : most people worked in agriculture, all family members worked the land, may children stayed n the family land. therefore large families tended to live together across generations.
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problems with parsons theory?
parsons assumed extended families was the most common family type before the industrial revolution.
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laslett-alternative theory?
found that the nuclear family was the norm in the north west parts of europe before the industrial revolution. he argues that family structure was a factor helping to produce the industrial revolution rather than being a consequence of it.
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new right favour the nuclear family because:

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they see them as encouraging self reliance- family members help each other rather than relying on state. this helps to reduce state expenditure on welfare. they see families as encouraging shared moral values and best way to pass down morality.

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