Unit 1: Families and Households - Social Policy

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The New Right: Traditional Nuclear Family Favored
Taxes favor married couples. Child benefit to mothers. Agencies make fathers financially support children.
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The New Right: The Welfare State
Causes dependency culture. Want to cut benefits. Providing housing for single mums encourages pregnancy. Fathers abandon children as state will pay. Growth in single mothers means kids grow up without a male role model.
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Feminism: Policies Oppress Women
Maternity leave is more generous for women. Tax benefits assume husbands are the main wage earners. Courts assume women should have custody of children.
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Feminism: Patriarchy
Society is male dominated and benefits men at the woman's expense.
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Feminism: Familistic Gender Regimes
Base family policies on the assumption that the husband works to support the family.
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Feminism: Individual Gender Regimes
Base their family policies on the belief that the couples are conjugal.
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Marxism: Society Based on Class Conflict
Capitalist exploit workers for profit. Media, Religion and Education help maintain class inequality and exploitation.
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Marxism: Welfare Policies Do Not Promote Happy Families
Improvements easily lost again - Thatcher government. Pensions and NHS won through class struggle to extract concessions from the ruling class.
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Marxism: Social Policies Serve Capitalism
State pensions are evidence that those who form the dependency ratio are maintained at the lowest possible cost.
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Donzelot: Rejects March to Progress View
Believes policy provokes control over families.
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Donzelot: Policy Is A Form of State Power
Professionals such as doctors and social workers exercise power over others with authority.
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Donzelot: Policy Is A Form of State Power
The policing of families occurs from health and social workers. Poor families are unfairly targeted and labelled as 'problem families'.
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Functionalists
State acts in the interest of society as a whole.
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Functionalists
See society as built on shared values and free from major conflicts.
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Functionalists: Fletcher
Argues that the introduction of health, education and housing policies have lead to an effective welfare state.
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Causes dependency culture. Want to cut benefits. Providing housing for single mums encourages pregnancy. Fathers abandon children as state will pay. Growth in single mothers means kids grow up without a male role model.

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The New Right: The Welfare State

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Maternity leave is more generous for women. Tax benefits assume husbands are the main wage earners. Courts assume women should have custody of children.

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Society is male dominated and benefits men at the woman's expense.

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Base family policies on the assumption that the husband works to support the family.

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