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Assess the influence of social policies on the family.

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´╗┐Assess the influence of social policies on the family (24 Mark) Different social policies have influences on the family in different ways, one social policy is maternity and paternity leave, currently women get 26 weeks maternity leave where as men get 2 weeks paternity leave. This shows an unequal balance between men and women, this then portrays the idea that women should be at home looking after the children for longer and the men should be out working. This policy reinforces the ideology of the patriarchal nuclear family, it puts forward that men are the head of the family, they should be out working while the women take on the child care. Feminists disagree with the difference as this puts men and women on an unequal level, feminists belive that they should all be equal so by giving women a larger time to be at home looking after the children influences the family. ...read more.


The tax break shows that polititians see the nuclear family as the ideal family as they create incentives to create this. The child support agency chase up absent fathers for maintenace money for the child and mother, the new right think that this would then encourage fathers to be responsible instead of abandon the family and not support them. The money is given the existing family to help pay for food and bills that they need to live on. This may encourage the family to stay together a lot longer which increases the number of nuclear families. In 2004 there was a civil partnerships act which means that people of the same sex could have a civil partnership in society, this shows that it has become increasingly accepted into society. The act promotes the acceptance of family diversity, it gives them the same rights as a civil marriage this was put forward by the new right to promote diversity. ...read more.


A couple are only allowed one child, to make sure that this is happeneing they need a certain ammount of surveilance. In each small village they have 'granny woo's' which monitor each family and tell on them if they do something wrong e.g have another child. From this social policy many repercussions have become of this for example there is a large aging popluation and a high male popluation as families have seen that it is more beneficial to have a male child to support them. This has large effects on the family as if you have a female child then when they marry the parents are left to fend for themselves as the females have to move in and support the males parents. In conclusion the state controls the family to a certain extent due to social policies that we all adopt, these without our knowledge alter the way see society and how our society is formed. Michaela Cooper ...read more.

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