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    Marriage is no longer important. Evaluate the arguments for and against

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    For example, a man with a fortune of 10 million pounds, might get married to someone and after a while, decides to get a divorce. As they are married they man might end up having to give a few million pounds in a divorce settlement to his ?wife?, so many people cohabit as it is quite easy to separate. One of the reasons why marriage is no longer important, because of the expense of marriage, as marriages can cost up to the thousands of pounds.

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    outline and evaluate feminist contributions to our understanding of gender

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    Feminists have challenged the relationship of men and women as one where women belong to one group and men belong to the other. Whilst 1st wave Feminism (1850-1930) gained women the right to vote, 2nd wave Feminism has also resulted in great improvements of the lives of 20/21st century women. It has heightened awareness of gender issues in areas like the family, the workplace, education, and the media to mention a few. Some of the successful Feminist campaigns resulted in things such as the 1975 s*x discrimination act, the 1970 equal pay act and women's refuges.

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    Assess the claim that the family has become increasingly symmetrical

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    Willmott and Young take a 'march of progress' perspective on the family and its history. The family is viewed as a progressively improving situation for all members and that is becoming more equal and democratic. They also argue that for a while now the trend has been a movement away from segregated conjugal roles and towards joint roles where everyone helps in a 'symmetrical family'. Willmott and Young's definition of a symmetrical family is one where although not equal, the husband and wife roles are far more similar, this is because couples are now spending far more leisure time together whereas before the man would have gone to the pub or working men's club and wife would have looked after children or socialised with other housewives or relatives.

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    Should drugs be legalized in the UK?

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    They just want to change their situation and their life style. If they're depressed, they want to become happy. If they are stressed or nervous, they want to relax, and so on. By taking drugs, young people often think they can be the person they want to be. Therefore eventually, the continuation of taking drugs becomes the problem. Young people have to remember that no matter what, drugs won't help them in any situation. Difficult as it may be to face the current problems, the consequences of drug use are always worse than the current problem one is trying to solve with them.

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    Does the nuclear family benefit the bourgoisie?

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    Marxists tend to see institutions like the family in terms of what they do to support the overall structure of capitalist society, their function within the limit of a particular form of economic production. Unlike Functionalist sociology, Conflict sociology tends to view these functions from more than one angle (for example, the family as an institution may serve useful purposes for upper class men, but not for working class women). Eli Zaretsky ("Capitalism, the Family and Personal Life", 1976) a Marxists believes that the family is a prop to the capitalist society.

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    Assess the Functionalist claim that the family benefits both individuals and society as a whole

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    As the family forbids relations outside of marriage, it stabilises the system, and prevents conflict for the individuals involved. He claims that the Reproduction factor is key in maintaining and continuing our society, as we would not exist without it. The Economic function of the family has furthered the family from being a unit of production to a unit of consumption; this supports society's economy as opposed to self-sufficiency. Lastly, the Education function performs the primary socialisation of young individuals, and adjusts the family to the norms and values of society's culture.

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    Outline + Discuss the View That Roles of Men and Women in the Family are Becoming More Equal

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    a lot in common. This type of diversity would require its own set of studies and essays, and so for the sake of this essay I shall limit my studies to families from this country, and to statistical evidence; rather than individual families. There are many different views concerning the equality between men and women in the family. The traditional nuclear family as we consider it today would be a married man and woman with children, with the man going out to paid employment and the woman staying at home to do housework and look after the childrenWillmott and Young's views are similar to those of Postmodernists, a sociological school of thought that developed in the 1980s.

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    Are the differences between radical and liberal feminism greater than what unites them?

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    Liberal feminists thus believe all humans are of equal moral worth, regardless of their s*x amongst other things like class or race. Individuals should be judged on rational grounds and thus women should be regarded as rational creatures in their own right. One should instead take into account their talents and personal worth. This leads to the belief in equal rights for all, both publicly and politically. Mary Wollstonecraft's 'Vindication of the rights of Women' argued this. In addition Mill argued that s*x was merely an 'accident of birth' and was irrelevant compared to the notion of reason.

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    Assess the view that religion is a conservative force within society (40).

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    Durkheim viewed religion as being a major source of social integration - all religious activity has one main function - the celebration of the community. Religion is not about the worship of god, but of society. People are drawn together through religious activity and this helps to create a value consensus and a common belief system containing the collective morality of that society. Durkheim saw religion as being social cement, binding people together. Durkheim's conclusions are based on his analysis of aboriginal society.

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    Is the Nuclear Family universal?

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    A s****l relationship was a point Murdock thought was important, within most societies there are rules that limit s****l relationships or even forbid them before marriage. s****l relationships provide s****l gratification for both adults in the relationship. This makes the family stronger as the strong emotions s*x creates helps bring them closer together. Not only this, but it helps strengthen society as the disruptive effects that would result is there was a free for all helps to unite people. This function applied to most societies making it a universal feature of the nuclear family.

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    Assess the contribution of feminist perspective to an understanding of modern family life ( 20 marks)

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    religion, education and family but rather with the cultures and attitudes of the people in it. They look at the oppression of women to be blamed on the patriarchal society that we live in, and the way that roles are defined by gender, therefore liberal feminists try to overcome the stereotypical views of roles that men and women should do and enable women to have equal rights as men. Much of the inequalities women face according to Ann Oakley is because the central role of the woman is still seen by a male dominated society to be childcare and housework.

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    Examine the usefulness of functionalism for an understanding society

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    Functionalism can mean positive. The functionalist theory was the very first major attempt to produce a macro view by Parson. Functionalism allows sociologists to look into culture and how people have weddings which are not really necessary for humans. This theory has consensus value and functionalism revolves around society agreeing on norms and values that they see are the key for survival of society, social cohesion. Functionalism shows how each institution such as education, media, and family is all linked together because if family did not teach children norms and values then the education institution would have a difficult time teaching them.

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  13. Examine changes in the patterns of childbearing and childrearing in the United Kingdom since the 1970s

    Since abortion was introduced women could do what they like, when they like because having a family may not have been their top priority but like I mentioned before they may want to work then settle down to have a family until there late 30/40's. The increase in s****l activities outside marriage has led to many couples cohabiting and having kids has also increased from 8% to 19&%. At the same time contraception is available to control the fertility outcome and reform the divorce law.

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  14. Introduction to Sociology - questions and answers

    Sociology is a critical social science. Describe what you understand by this statement. Sociology is a critical science because it places society almost under scrutiny so it can analyze, challenge and turn over every leaf to get close to a better understanding of society and why/how it functions. Section Two 1. Give a full definition of the following terms: A) Culture is a way of life within a particular society. It is what people follow, adapt to and learn from birth and social behaviour. With culture comes Beliefs, Traditions and Values. B) Norms within society are similar to rules.

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  15. Sociology Revision Notes - work, alienation and unemployment.

    On the other side, people might work in paid employment solely for money reasons as they don't enjoy their job and to compensate joy they spend their income on leisure activities, clothes and holidays; this means that they fin satisfaction outside employment, their satisfaction is extrinsic to their job. People may also work in paid employment as they find interesting and valuable being in company of colleagues and workmates; for social contacts; and finally as a source of status, prestige and identity, as being regularly paid provides self-esteem by contributing with money to the household.

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  16. Human rights

    It is difficult to understand how people become homeless and research shows that they are all ages, from all areas and backgrounds. There are charities that support the homeless and Centre point is a national organization that focuses on young people. It provides emergency night shelters and short stay hostels. Their research shows that more than 80% of the young people who turn to Centre point for help are homeless due to family breakdown, abuse or eviction. Some young people become homeless following the death of a parent.

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    There are various advantages of questioners. These are made up of a large number of data from many people in a relatively short time. Since data is obtained from, a large number of people generalising is more possible. For example in young and Willmot's study of family life in London in 1971, they found that free time is spent doing chores and odd jobs around the house. In a quantitative research, since little personal involvement by the researcher takes place there is little danger or sacrifice by the researcher.

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    If any the family has more functions than before. Today there is the emergence of the nuclear family. The extended family became a nuclear family due to space and privacy, and in an industrial society people need to move from one country to another for different/ better job opportunities. It is possible to move four members of a family from one country to another (nuclear family) rather than fifty members (extended family). Talcott Parsons says that the isolated nuclear family is the typical family in modern industrial society, since it does not form an integral part of a wider system of kinship relationships.

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  19. Religious Schools- Advantages and Disadvantages

    Gang fights between ethnic groups and terrorist attacks can be prevented by sending all students to public school. At school, they will be exposed to other religions and cultures, and eventually learn to accept others. The difference between different religions can be eliminated through interaction in a classroom. Giving religious schools preference by separating them and allowing them to study in a different school with a different social background is not only unfair to other students in public schools, but also, in a way, harming the students themselves. They get less exposed to the society they live in, and they are not fully prepared to live in such a society in future.

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    Gender and the Media

    A very confusing fact is that gender is not the biological difference between the sexes; it is how the sexes are perceived by society. Stereotypes are how one certain group of people are labelled, it is how society thinks all of them should behave; it is a fixed idea on how someone of a certain type should act for example the stereotype of a superhero is that they are expected to be tall, brave and valiant, strong, good looking and have some sort of superpower.

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    Muslim Antagnonism

    United States foreign policy has always been looked at as a way of spreading freedom to countries that dictate its citizens. A strong example of this policy began when President Harry S. Truman instated Truman doctrine. These policies are approved by U.S. citizens as they believe it is a fight to stop communism which was a fear during the Cold War, due to the "domino theory" where the world would fall under communistic control over a long period of time.

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  22. Hamilton Political Views

    Certainly, the mandate was very important Hamilton, because he knew that the legislative and executive powers are not for life, which focused on the judicial system. Their ideas are presented in a seat on the Supreme Court. Despite that, Hamilton said that the Supreme Court n is not guaranteed a place for life. Since Hamilton thought the Constitution of the United States has its weaknesses, which wanted to protect the judiciary from the other two branches. Hamilton felt the only way to do it was his views on the "mandate." Article III, Section 1 of the Constitution states that "...

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  23. Our Choice

    My heart was like pealed with a thunder. I was very serious that I wanted to learn violin. I also tried to ask my father. He firmly responded, "In this period all you have to do is focus on homework and stop thinking about violin." The situation is like a shooting champion police do not permit to carry a gun for patrol. The interest, ability and hope is been block and dispel. After hearing my parents' responses, I was not angry, but confused and depressed about why my parent would block the interest that their child wants. Since then, I rarely tell my parent about my thoughts and desires.

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  24. My aim is to investigate why Black Students deemed as trouble makers. I decided to investigate this topic, since I have many black friends who feel they are immediately stereotype when going to class.

    But the shaking of is considered hard quoted by Jonathan Blundell. Aims My aim is to investigate why Black Students deemed as trouble makers. I decided to investigate this topic, since I have many black friends who feel they are immediately stereotype when going to class. They feel I should try investigate way they are considered trouble makers, labelling seen to cause a negative effect in school.

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  25. Active Citizenship

    Furthermore, if they area assisting with an expedition, they would have to have an even greater knowledge about what is required to complete the objective successfully (such as knowing about map reading or tents). All this training is important for them to be able to help us plan our D of E successfully. As we meet up regularly to check on the progress of our D of E, the instructors will be there to see if we are on target to achieve our set objectives, and their input can be important for us to have our D of E planned.

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Sociology is the study of societies, the ways in which they are organised and the groups of which they are comprised. You'll be studying the family, social control, gender, poverty and the world of work amongst many other topics. There will be plenty of discussion and many contentious issues to debate and you'll pick up some valuable skills along the way. In order to succeed you'll need to develop abilities in analysis and interpretation, in critically appraising ideas and policies and in expressing yourself verbally and in writing.

The assessment is done by examination and Marked by Teachers can help you gain the necessary skills. Our site has a large number of GCSE Sociology answers that you can access, gaining an insight into what makes a good essay for the subject at this level.GCSE Sociology is great preparation if you have designs on studying it at Advanced level but it is also a useful subject to have studied if you are going onto take Geography, Politics or Economics.


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