Outline and Evaluate Postmodern Views on the Diversity of Family Life

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Outline and evaluate postmodern views on the diversity of family life”

Postmodern sociologists support the view that family has become diverse in contemporary UK. They see that people have become fragmented and identities are more individualistic, meaning everyone is different and let them be. Family life is different for everyone. Stacey (1996) says that the family no longer progresses through a range of stages. Meaning everyone is diverse, and that there is no longer a dominant type of family. This is similar to the Rapoports view of stage in life cycle diversity. Which says family life is different for newly-married couples who do not have children than for those who do have children.

The key to the postmodern view of
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Some new right thinks regard these single parents as the ‘underclass’ seeing them as ‘work-shy’ and ‘benefit scroungers’. Also as them having short-term sexual relationships, and having children with men who do not see their offspring as their responsibility. All negative views of this type of family structure.

Functionalists say the nuclear family is best, as the woman needs to be there, to provide the family with emotional gratification, and take care of the domestic labour, also the warm bath theory. Whereby, she runs the man a warm bath when he comes home from a stressful day at work, in order to make him relax with the family and wine down. And the man in the nuclear family, provides the economic support.

Whilst new labour gives the impression they support differing family structures, it still gives negative views on most families that are not the nuclear family. They see teenage pregnancy, as a social problem, which is against diversity. As this is diverse in the way that, different people have different stages in life cycle. Where teenage pregnancies, are having children earlier than others. Duncan (2006) challenges the assumptions of New Labour that teenage pregnancy is a social problem. He says new labour have not dealt with wider structural aspects of social disadvantage. New labour is criticised for being contradictory. It acknowledges that
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