The Contribution of the New Right to Our Understanding of the Role of the Family in Society

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The Contribution of the New Right to Our Understanding of the Role of the Family in Society The New right are very much like factionalists in their views of the family. Both see the nuclear family as the 'normal' family, therefore other families like lone-parent or reconstituted families are 'abnormal.' They refer to the family as the "cornerstone of society" so they do emphasise the importance of the family but do say its important in society and do not comment on how important the family is to family members. They do want these traditional values to return as they think it will help solve problems in modern day society, but they don't see the reason how these different types of families have been…show more content…
However, if the marriage was not to work, the divorce rate would increase. They do claim that in the Victorian times, there was a lower divorce rate and crime rate and they blame this on 'modern society,' although things like single parenthood, sexual relations outside marriage and working wives were not common, so what do they mean by modern society? However, New Right sociologists do give solutions to how these problems can be solved. 1. "The traditional family should be encouraged and strengthened, since the best solution for children is to be raised by two loving, heterosexual married parents."- However, they don't se the reason behind the parent's separation. Some may argue that if the situation between the parents is not pleasant, then it is best for the child to be with 1 loving parent rather then 2 unpleasant parents. 2. "Welfare benefits should not be so high as to be a disincentive to work."- For people who need the welfare state, the amount of money given is just about sufficient and if decreased can cause financial stress within the family. 3. "The male breadwinner role should be reinforced and supported so that young men develop a sense of pride and responsibility." - it's good that young men should develop a sense of responsibility, but shouldn't women also have that sense of pride and
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