Nuclear Family Essay

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Sociology Essay
Assess the view that the nuclear family is no longer the norm (24 Marks)
In today’s society, the family is not as big as it used to be earlier though the decades, the nuclear family at least. Many sociologists have criticised the family e.g. feminists and the way in which it is run. The Nuclear Family is known as the traditional family.
The nuclear family was mainly dominant in the 1960s when most of the UK was working in factories and looking for jobs, this family type allowed families to move around the country easily enough, this aspect is called geographical mobility. Another aspect of the family in terms of Functionalist ideals, is the gender-role socialization in which the children are brought up in a way that
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These roles were created by Parsons who also stated that the family changes due to the surroundings around them which therefore backs up the functionalist idea that the nuclear family is the perfect family type.

The New Right however, sort of agree with functionalists however they believe that the nuclear family has now become diverse and because of this the nuclear family is no longer the dominant family type in the UK. They do also believe that in the 1950s there was a golden age for the nuclear family but since the introduction of some government policies, the nuclear family has slowly declined. The most notable policy was the introduction of abortion; this then led to females being able to live a single life another reason for the decline of the nuclear family. Another reason for the decline in the nuclear family is because the divorce act was brought in which allowed women to become single once again and therefore increased the number of single women, and if they had children a rise in single parent families as well, which is now the dominant family type in the UK.

Finally, Postmodernism would disagree with the functionalists as they would agree with new right as they both believe that the family has now evolved away from the ‘traditional or nuclear’ family and is now in the time of single parents and same sex marriages. Postmodernists would say that in the past people would put their family first before anything however in modern times;

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