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

Discuss the view that the modern family is becoming more diverse

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

Catherine Sweeney "Discuss the view that the modern family is becoming more diverse" For many years society's conception of a normal family consisted of a man and women living together, who are married and having sexual relations. Having produced children together, or having adopted children, this being known as a nuclear family and was claimed as a vital unit in British society. The father would take on the role as the breadwinner; going out to work and providing for his family and the mother's role would be to look after the home, childcare and the domestic chores. The family has often been observed as the cornerstone of society. In the past, present and in all society, it has been seen as the basic unit of social organisation that carries out important roles, such as primary socialisation. The process being that children learn the social norm of their society. This took place in their younger years making the family an important factor of the child's personality. Then there is the personality stabilization which refers to the role that the family play in the process of being able to assist adult family members of emotional support including the sexual assertion, connected to marriage. It was argued by Talbot Parsons (1949) that there are two primary functions within a family, these being irreducible and basic this being the primary socialisation and stabilisation of the mature personality as an adult. ...read more.

Middle

Behavioural problems really manifest from an absent father though? Rodger (1996) looked at many various options. The key not being that of an absent father but if they have an active role in a child's upbringing. This also applies to single and nuclear family. Children in single parent families may be disturbed and cause behavioural problems because of the emotional disruption caused by separation and divorce. Finally, we have the gay couple family which is a relationship formed between two same sex persons, with a biological child / children. In 2004 the UK's Civil Partnership Act came into force now allowing civil partnerships between and lesbian and gay couples. The gay couple has also been known as "families of choice" to represent the positive forms of every day life that homosexual couples are able to conduct together that wasn't available in earlier years. The many traditional attributes applied to the nuclear family are now being resumed by gay couples. For many people, the family unit provides comfort, love, security, emotion and companionship. Yet it can also be regarded as loneliness, exploitation and inequality. If the current incline over the last half a century remain, then parents of the future will no longer marry and have less children. The number of children in non-married families has trebled in the last 50 years to around 40%, according to figures from the Office for National Statistics, while the average number of children has decreased from 2.2 to 1.8 per family - which are continuing increasingly rapidly in societies' future. ...read more.

Conclusion

Hammersmith: HarperCollins Publishers Limited. Laslett, T. P. R. and Wall, R. (1972) (eds.), Household and Family in Past Time (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press) as cited in Fulcher, J. and Scott, J., 2003. Sociology. 2nd Edition. United States: Oxford University Press Inc. O'Day, R. (1994), The Family and Family Relationships 1500-1900: England, France and the United States of America (Basingstoke: Macmillan) as cited in Fulcher, J. and Scott, J., 2003. Sociology. 2nd Edition. United States: Oxford University Press Inc. Parsons, T, 'The Family its Function and Destiny', in R N Ansden (ed.), The Social Structure of the Family, Harper and Row, 1949 as cited in Introduction to O'Donnell, M., 1997. Introduction to Sociology. 4th Edition. Surrey: Thomas Nelson & Sons Ltd. Petre, J. (2006): Majority of births will soon be out of wedlock', Telegraph, http://www.telegraph.co.uk/global/main.jhtml?xml=/global/2006/02/21/ntrend21.xml Rodger, J.J. (1996), Family Life and Social Control (Houndmills: macmillan) as cited in Fulcher, J. and Scott, J., 2003. Sociology. 2nd Edition. United States: Oxford University Press Inc. Wilkinson, Helen and Geoff Mulgan (1995): Freedom's Children: Work, Relationships and Politics for 18-34 year olds in Britain Today (London: Demos) as cited in Giddens, A., 2001. Sociology. 4th Edition. Cambridge: Polity Press in association with Blackwell Publishers Ltd. Womack, S. (2004): Number of babies born out of wedlock rises to 41 per cent', telegraph, http://www.telegraph.co.uk/global/main.jhtml?xml=/global/2004/05/17/brwed14.xml Young, M. And Willmott, P. (1957), Family and Kinship in East London (London: Routledge & Kegan Paul) as cited in Fulcher, J. and Scott, J., 2003. Sociology. 2nd Edition. United States: Oxford University Press Inc. ?? ?? ?? ?? 1 ...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. Sociology The Family

    This type of family is becoming less common within society and therefore using the nuclear family to look at inequalities between males and females may be discrediting to actual differences between them. Aspects like practices of families of different religions and those of lone-parent families are also not often taken

  2. Examine the reasons for the changes in the patterns of marriage, cohabitation and divorce ...

    The financial cost of divorce should not be forgotten; previously obtaining a divorce could have been an expensive process, which might have hindered an individual's decision to divorce. It was for this reason that the 'Legal Aid and Advice Act 1949' was passed, which put divorce at the level of

  1. Assess the view that gender roles and relationships have become more equal in modern ...

    She argues that their claims are exaggerated. Although Young and Willmott found that most of the husbands they interviewed 'helped' their wives at least once a week, this could include making breakfast on one occasion. For Oakley, this is hardly convincing evidence of symmetry.

  2. Evaluate the view that religion acts as a conservative force in modern society

    on 'God bless America', which have more of a secular content than a religious one. Nevertheless, the functions of promoting social solidarity, assisting in life crises etc, are all performed by being 'American'. Marxists concentrate on the ways in which religion reinforces the status quo.

  1. Is the modern family breaking down or is it simply changing?

    Asian children existed in two cultures: at home into traditional culture via primary socialisation and at school and work into the wider social culture via secondary socialisation. Ballard thinks that the balance of these influences may depend on one major factor i.e.: the Asian density in a particular area.

  2. Analyse how the family structure has changed over the last 100 years

    Another new trend which affects the changing of family structures is the increase in singletons, this is when people live alone. The british government are very unsupportive of people living like this however 3 out of every 10 households are singletons.

  1. Is the nuclear family in decline?

    There are different families and these have developed and change over time. Allan and Crow gave some reasons for this diversity to include the high rate of divorce-this have affected most countries in the west, lone parent households have increased as social trends have changed, co-habitation outside marriage is now

  2. Examine the main trends in births and deaths in the UK since 1900.

    Following on from education, women now go out to work and there are now laws in place that state women should get equal pay and sex discrimination is no longer permitted in work places.

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