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Essay On Family Diversity

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Family Diversity: The Contrasting Views Britain In the 21st century is a society with a great diversity in family structure. Comment on the possible reasons and explanations for this situation: In the following essay I am going to explain why there has been such a drastic change in society and in family diversity. In the 1960's families were a lot more traditional than nowadays, and most families were nuclear, which means a married a couple with children. Although, times have changed a lot since the 1960's, what is deemed as socially acceptable has changed a great deal since those times, social mores have changed a great deal, and different types of families, as they are becoming more diverse, and situations previously unacceptable in society, are now an ordinary way of life. Conjugal roles have also changed over the last 45+ years, because in the 60's it was always the traditional conjugal roles, where the male went out to work, and earned the money, while the woman was to stay at home, and take care of children and be domesticated, this was such a prominent part of society that classes were even taken on how to perfect household skills. ...read more.

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In comparison to the 1970's there are a lot less marriages now based on religion, this is because of secularization, this means that religion doesn't have the effect on society that it used to, this is due to change in social mores. It was previously traditional for a couple to be married for a couple of years before thinking of having children, however, this has all changed, now a large percentage of the population have children before marriage. Also, nowadays couples want to have their independence more, therefore they do not get married until much later in the relationship or don't get married at all, and some couples have no desire to have children as they are seen as too restricting. However there has been a dramatic increase in single parent families and re-constituted families since the 1970's. Another massive change in society is the rising in gay and lesbian couples, in the 1970's this would have been completely taboo, and would not have been accepted in society for 1 second. ...read more.

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Today, "dual-worker" families are becoming more popular in Britain today. According to the New Right, family diversity does nothing to help the economy and is seen as undermining the nuclear family. Along with this belief, they also believe that single sex couples are not good for society and that women should remain in the home in the traditional sense of the 1960's. They also view divorce and separations as a problem for society as they say it costs society money because single parent families get benefits from the welfare stare. In conclusion, this essay has brought to light different views on the state of families nowadays; I have found that there are many contrasting views on diversity. Feminists view family diversity as a positive outlook, which is a positive situation for women, as they are free to do what they want and free from the 'restraint' of men and the nuclear family. However the views of the New Right state that the nuclear family is the best scenario of society and family diversity as being wrong as it breaks all traditional values. ?? ?? ?? ?? Craig Southern ...read more.

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