HELP! - Sociology Essay...

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For Sociology I have to do this essay... "The family is on the verge of collapse. Discuss.â€

Just for one of the reasons I have writen 316 words (need to do 1500 altogether) and am worrying I am probably writing a hold of rubbish.

I am going to write the introduction last (as we have been advised) and start to write out the explainations of family breakdown.

This is what I have put so far... if you have done Sociology (or if not) let me know what you think...

Family breakdown could be because there has been a social change within gender roles in the family. Men and women are now sharing more household task which can be seen in the 1992 British Social Attitudes Survey, pp 102 – 3, where the majority of both men and women are sharing household tasks such as making the evening meal, household cleaning, washing and ironing and organising household money and bills. Segregated conjugal roles are starting to phase out as joint conjugal roles are becoming increasingly popular. Talcott Parsons suggests that it is essential within the modern nuclear family that father must perform the “instrumental role†of leader and breadwinner while the mother performs the “expressive role†giving both husband and children her emotional support and taking responsibility for socialising the children. Parsons also notes that in the 1950s in America, the division of labour may well have been the norm in the majority of families. Willmott and Young (1997) describe the family as being “symmetrical†as more married women work out the home and men spend more leisure time at home with their families. This means that the marital roles are now becoming increasingly similar. Feminist Ann Oakley challenges Willmott and Young’s “Symmetrical Family†theory by arguing that the family continues to be patriarchal where married woman remain as the “housewife†and the men as main wage earner. Gender roles within the family could be influenced by other changes within this century. The average family size has declined in the last hundred years. This is because in the 1960s, contraception became available enabling women to decide when and how many children they want. Women are no longer valuing themselves as a “housewife†and are putting their careers first before deciding to have children. This has meant that women are becoming more financially and emotionally independent which could either enable freedom, or in fact the cause of a family breakdown.
 
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So does this have to be basically about why the "2.4 children / nuclear family" is on the decline?
 

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Yeah basically... She gave us a sheet with pointers on such as...

Women's Movement
Decline in Community Pressures
Young age at Marriage
Pressues from outside of the marriage
Decline of Religion
Changing expectations of marriage
Women's changing attitudes.

That first bit is about the Women's Movement where we have moved away from traditional roles and that women have greater expectations and a greater economic and emotional independence (hope I covered all of that!) - I have now just written (still adding bits) to Decline in Community Pressures which is about the stigma being removed from divorce and single parenthood. Also that it is easier to get a divorce. This is what I have done so far...

The Divorce Reform Act in 1969 (which became law in 1971) has made it easier and cheaper for people to get a divorce. People are no longer ashamed of being a “divorcee†and the stigma has been removed from being labelled a “single parentâ€. In the 1950s, the divorce rate remained relatively stable, however in the 1960s the divorce rate began to climb and increased more rapidly after the Divorce Reform Act was passed in 1971. The number of divorces have not increased since the 1980s – Is this because not as many people are getting married or not many people are getting divorces? It is hard to interpret the divorce statistics as it is not an indicator of the number of marital break downs, just the extent of legal divorce. Some couples remain separated rather than going through the legal path while other couples stay together in the so-called “empty shell marriageâ€.
 
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Sorry did my sociology years ago, enjoyed O level (showing my age ;D ) but abandoned A level when I started my nursing course.

Good luck with it ;)
 

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I didn't do the A-level - I only did the GCSE level; but looks good to me.
 
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What level is this GCSe or is for an access type course thingy?
 

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I need to get Level 3 in this essay as that is Alevel standard - GCSE standard is level 2. I emailed my teacher with a bit of it and she said I am on the right track and got good points in it :)
 
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squeakypigs said:
I need to get Level 3 in this essay as that is Alevel standard - GCSE standard is level 2. I emailed my teacher with a bit of it and she said I am on the right track and got good points in it :)

Excellent, that will make you feel a bit more confident then and sometimes that is all we need :)
 
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