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Outline and evaluate the view that the extended family no longer plays a significant role in family life on Contemporary Britain

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´╗┐The Extended Family in Britain Today ?Outline and evaluate the view that the extended family no longer plays a significant role in family life on Contemporary Britain? A popular discussion which is renowned by sociologists is extended families, as it has contrasting differences in regards to the issues in contemporary Britain. The idea which is distinguished by most sociologist; i.e. Willmott, would be that extended families no longer exist in families in Modern Britain; however, this viewpoint is ardently disputed by some writers, i.e. Litwak instead argues that extended families exist and is still important in today? society. Sociologists have been long divided on the issue of extended families; some believe that extended families were popular but recently a study which has been shown by Young and Willmott (1973) ...read more.


This is more convenient for nuclear families are geographically mobile; this is advantageous as if one of the family members decide to move for a better employment opportunity for financial improvement. For example; the younger generation would move most likely to the city in order to pursue and better career/education, a young couple would find it easier as they would be able to start their own family where it is more appropriate. This suggests that extended families are no longer present in Britain?s society as there are better educational/financial opportunities available for nuclear families and not extended families. On the other hand, an alternate theory provided by the sociologist Litwak, argues that extended family is important and still exists in Britain?s society, but in a modified form. ...read more.


?Classical Extended Family? has been defined as to this, scarce areas such as; East London still preserve the values of Extended Families. In accordance to, Policy Studies Institute, some ethnic groups such as; Bangladeshis and Pakistanis predominantly do in some cases have extended family households, it strengthens the families? relations. To conclude from this, I hold the same judgement for both arguments, I agree that extended family isn?t as frequent as before, but is common but in the modified form. Due to the recent progression of transportation it has made it much easier to travel and get better employment opportunities, however people can still maintain extended families as recent technology allows face to face communication as well as instant messaging. I believe distance is a matter but as long as frequent visits and lots of contact then it is appropriate. ...read more.

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