4. Examine the Ways in Which Government Policies and Laws May Affect the Nature and Extent of Family Diversity

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There are many different laws and policies that the government put in place which will affect various social issues; in this case the family. Some sociologists believe that this social policy the government enforces can make the family far more diverse; whilst others disagree. An example of this social policy can be in China there is a ‘one-child policy’, which limits families from having more than one child and in the instance that they do have more the government can inflict a series of penalties, this policy is in place to control the population of China; ‘For a prosperous, powerful nation and a happy family, please use birth planning’. In the following item I intend to discuss how social policies and laws in the UK may have affect the …show more content…
Before the introduction of the 2004 Civil Partnership Act, homosexual females were being denied equal rights with heterosexual women and thus showing the existence of patriarchy in society where females are being oppressed. However, changes in social policies like the Civil Partnership Act and the 2002 Adoption Law have provided women with a more equal platform in which they can form committed relationships and a family free of patriarchy exploitation; something which may appeal to those radical feminists.

However, some sociologists are very unhappy with these changes; New Right sociologists argue that the Nuclear Family is essential for sufficient socialisation of the young; they argue that a child requires both a male and a female role model in order to become ‘functional adults’. These sociologists even believe that these different family types; such as same-sex families, would damage a child’s upbringing, views which are often heavily criticised by other sociologists as being ‘sexist’ and ‘outdated’ by insinuating that women should be responsible for staying at home and be responsible for any childcare.
New Right are opposed to family diversity, suggesting that any single-parent families create underclass in society. They believe this because figures show that most

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