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Discuss the view that the family is in decline

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Discuss the view that the family is in decline To generalize and say that the family is in decline is a very powerful assumption. Decline means; to slope downwards and/or to deteriorate. It is evident that family lives and family on general terms is becoming varied, most commonly support that family is not in decline but is just simply changing. In this essay, discussion of whether or not the family is in decline will take place. The term 'nuclear family' is used to refer to a unit consisting of spouses and their dependent children. Although the nuclear family still remains the most common family and is sometimes associated with the idea of a "proper" family, the nuclear family is becoming less and less popular as more varied family patterns exist. Who is to say that the nuclear family is the proper family? Society informs us that this is the right way to maintain a family; for example, ex-Prime Minister and conservative tried to promote the idea of a nuclear family and actually described it as a "proper family", his attempt to legislate the idea of providing less benefits for re-constituted families and single parents, and more advantages for the nuclear family failed in parliament. ...read more.

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Religion would definitely disagree with the view that the family is in decline. Religious beliefs in many various religions reinforce "family values". To look out for, care for, support and sharing with family members makes a place in many holy books. Blood relatives could describe one another as family, but according to generalizations could not cal themselves a family. In societies based upon the same religious beliefs family values and family roles and the functions they perform would be an important concept, H.Spencer once said; "the welfare of the family underlies the welfare of society", if this view was to be accepted, then if family is in decline, society is in decline. Family clearly does have an important place in small societies, such as aboriginal societies; families are mixed into tribal groups which work together as hunters and gatherers to feed the young and look after each-other. It is evident that in bigger societies, like developed country cities, there are many variations of families, and therefore it could be seen that the definition of the term "Family" is out of date and unjust to modern society. ...read more.

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Family life has vastly changed to how it used to be, the old fashion way we view family may have changed too. I believe the family is not in decline but has changed and will continue to change. People have new experiences in life which may alter the way they live their life and therefore may persuade them to try and have a family or put them off the idea. Although there is an ideology of the family being portrayed as the nuclear layout, I think if people love each other, care for each other in a sexual or non-sexual way they have the right to call each other family and treat one another as family, but the old saying still remains; "you can choose your friends but you can't choose your family", unless your married of course. Blood relatives will always remain as family; our ideologies of family will eventually change, just like our ideas on many other controversial topics we will realize that the idea of a perfect family will be how we want it not how it should be portrayed by society. Is the family in decline, I believe its just changing for the better or the worse is for you to decide. ...read more.

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