Assessing the View that Family Diversity is Leading to a Weakening of Traditional Family Values

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Assessing the View that Family Diversity is Leading to a Weakening of Traditional Family Values

Given the culturally diverse character of the United Kingdom today, there are considerable variations in family and marriage within the country. The structure of families has altered over time and is still changing today. Changing relationships between spouses in the family, and in particular, the changes in the position of women in the family. The family in the UK today reflects a range of factors, including Britain as a multi-ethnic society, differences in social class, and as a society in which women choose or are forced to head families by themselves. A significant section of the population chooses not
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This had two consequences according to (Harris, The Family). Ownership of land stayed intact and the male who inherited was likely to be well off and that the sons and daughters who did not inherit formed a mobile labour force which went in search for employment. (Parson) and, separately (Goode, World Revolution and Family Patterns) claim that the Industrial Revolution weakened the extended family by taking away crucial economic and social functions from the family. However an alternative approach from (Anderson, Approaches to the History of the Western Family) who has argued that early Industrial family actually helped to form extended families. Using data from 1851 Preston Census, Anderson found 23 percent of household members contained family members other than those in nuclear families. ======================================================================

There are a number of factors that have contributed to the increasing diversity of family and household forms; every thing in society has a function to perform. In sociological theory Sociological Action theorists support the belief that human action is based on choice. This approach emphasizes that people can chose/negotiate alternative lifestyles in the light of their understanding of their situation, and within the limits that their circumstances

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