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2 Examine critically the contribution of labelling theory to our understanding of deviance.

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  • Submitted: 05/05/2011
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AS and A Level Crime & Deviance

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Essay Question: "The New Man" is reputed to be liberated, caring and determined to share domestic responsibilities- traditionally the preserve of women". Critically assess the evidence for and against the view that domestic family life is becoming a partnership of equals.

This assignment will critically assess the evidence for and against the view that domestic family life is becoming a partnership of equals. Young and Willmott (1973) refer to this as the symmetrical family. The symmetrical family is a family where the conjugal roles have become less segregated and more integrated. Conjugal roles are the roles played by the male and female partner in relationships where the couple are married or cohabiting. Traditionally men were expected to be the 'breadwinner' meaning that they were expected to work to provide for their family and women were seen as the 'homemaker' meaning they were believed that they should cook, clean and care for children. According to Elizabeth Bott (1957) it depends on the social network the couple had before marriage whether or not the couple will have integrated conjugal roles. 'The New Man' emerges from the symmetrical family. He is a man who is more sensitive to his and his

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