• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Assess the view that Industrialisation led to the decline of the extended family and the rise of the nuclear family.

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

Assess the view that Industrialisation led to the decline of the extended family and the rise of the nuclear family. Industrialisation is where the country begins to expand in producing secondary goods and services using factories and transport. This allowed extended families to become wage earner that meant they were able to work for someone else other than their selves and their families. This was important as extended families consisted of the children and their parents but also grandparents or aunts and uncles. So having a large family meant everyone had to contribute financially, also with educating the younger generation and be able to look after each other and be seen as doctors for one another. Extended families were very common in Pre- Industrial England because all family members were able to support each other through difficult time and their work would be more physically demanding than Industrial England, but this work would be to support the family as it would be farming on their own land. ...read more.

Middle

He believed that geographical mobility was caused by Industrialisation which meant individuals had to move around finding work and children were born into achieving their status and state welfare because the state provided more welfare than the family. As in Pre- Industrialisation the family would provide this welfare for other members if they became ill and were taught education from the parents and what they did. Parsons named the father figure in the house the 'instrumental leader' this meant that they had to work and bring money home to support the rest of the family and the females were given the name 'expressive leader' which meant they had to look after and care for the emotional needs of the family. Young and Willmott also agree with Parsons but had their own four stages of life. These were 'The Pre- Industrial Family' were the family worked together on the land and this was the unit of production up until 1750. ...read more.

Conclusion

This made is more believable and he carried out research through a long period of time and this therefore may have been the correct information. Anderson based his research in the 1851 census on the town of Preston. He found that during early Industrial families they were not extended. He disagreed with Parsons view that the extended unit had been replaced by the nuclear family. This is because large number of households, he found to have shared extended kin. He found these extended kin are s mutual support system in a town where unemployment and poverty were high. In conclusion I think that during Pre- Industrial England that they was a mix of nuclear and extended families, but as Industrialisation came into place, families became more nuclear as geographical mobility was a big part of them living a good life so it was better suited in a nuclear family to move around as having a large family would increase stress and may have been financially straining. ?? ?? ?? ?? Tayyibah Ali Sociology ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our AS and A Level Family & Marriage section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related AS and A Level Family & Marriage essays

  1. Decline of nuclear family

    This is seen by some as being evidence for a decline in significance of marriage in society. However, the decline of first marriage offset against the increase in people remarrying. The number of remarriages has made up for the shortfall of people waiting longer to marry and marriage statistics indicate

  2. Examine the view that the nuclear family is universal. (24)

    In most western societies, the gay couples will not be able to marry and any children will have a genetic connection with only one of the parents.

  1. Sociology The Family

    Parsons saw the family as being important in creating personality and saw no other social institution that could achieve this. Once the personality has been produced it must then be kept stable. This is the second basic function of the family according to Parsons.

  2. Assess the view that the nuclear family is no longer the norm

    Morgan is adamant that you can't make large-scale generalisations about families; instead sociologists should pay more attention to how people create their

  1. Sociology Family Revision Notes

    of different actions Contrast with previous society where people?s roles were fixed and less choice e.g. marriage- men played role of disciplinarian and breadwinner too make important decisions , women responsible for housework and childcare Traditional family was unequal and oppressive but did provide stability and defining roles Thought the traditional family was undermined by two trends.

  2. Is the nuclear family in decline?

    From the Marxist-feminist view (Barrett and Mc In tosh 1991) did suggest that the nuclear family is presented as an ideal for us all to aspire to, and this makes the concepts of family ?anti social? as it presents other forms of family as inferior.

  1. Sociology Research Paper - To examine how teenage pregnancy affects the teen mothers health ...

    as shown in Figure 7 Fig 7 showing the percentage of teenage mother who ate healthy during their pregnancy. 55% responded saying no, 20% did not answer truthfully saying maybe and 25% said yes. ________________ There are many different ways to prevent a teenage girl from becoming pregnant, the only one that is absolutely effective is sexual abstinence.

  2. Assess the view that the growth of family diversity has led to the decline ...

    However, the numbers of nuclear families have fallen due to a rise in family diversity such as singletons and same sex. Starting from around the 1970?s, divorce was legalized around the world. The changes in law, declining in stigma and changes of attitudes had led people to carry out a divorce when necessary; this was seen as a ?Social norm?.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work