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How has authority in the family changed since the 1950? Draw on either Weber's or Foucault's analysis of power in your answer

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How has authority in the family changed since the 1950? Draw on either Weber's or Foucault's analysis of power in your answer (500wrd limit) In this essay I will be discussing the changing face of the 'Nuclear Family' and how this has affected the working of authority within the family. I will draw on the theories of Michel Foucault and his explanation of power distribution. The nuclear Family '(consisting of husband and wife with dependent children) this was idealized and promoted in the 1950 with the husband going out to work and the wife taking care of the house and family matters. This was seen as the foundation of a healthy society, every child given a strong moral foundation to work and grow from. ...read more.

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The rise in divorce rate could be attributed to the change in law in the 1970's making it easier and more socially acceptable. The decline of the Nuclear family and male dominance could also be attributed to the opportunities facing women today that were not available in the 1950 when the ' golden age' of families was being promoted. Women now can earn in the workforce and look after the children, to the extent of replace the male in the family completely with the female fulfilling both roles within the Nuclear family. In looking at the ideal (nuclear) family within the context of Foucault theories whether it's in the 21st century or not, the Nuclear family has been ingrained as part of a healthy society. ...read more.

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However, the male is only in this position of dominance as a result of the self restraint that the rest of the family members put upon themselves creating a position of subordination For example the woman is best seen suited to childcare as the male is to financial support. These expected roles for both female and male could be attributed to centuries of male dominance reflected in both religion and hierarchically privileged position of formal power. . e.g. the state. All of this has perpetuated the stereotypes for both genders. This inadvertently continues the ideal of 'nuclear family' and as a result of this the two-parent family (male / female) still remains numerically dominant today. ...read more.

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