What is the Debate about Family Diversity? PART 3: Choice, Risk, Divorce & Acceptance of Diversity

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What is the Debate about Family Diversity? PART 3: Choice, Risk, Divorce & Acceptance of Diversity

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Quiz

Giddens (1992): family and marriage have recently been changed by greater choice and equal roles for men and women. Which TWO from below does he mention?

Please select 2 correct answers

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What sociologist state that although diverse families are more accepted than the 1950s, families are still traditional in the sense that people still live in a family, most children are raised by couples, and most couples are married even after divorce?

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Stacey (1998) is associate with what notion?

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Ulrich Beck (1992) is associated with what notion?

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Postmodernists and Feminists reject the nuclear family as being the ONLY true family type. What do they argue (think Weeks)?

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Snippet from Video

Modernists, Functionalists, and the New Right view the conventional nuclear family as the only normal family where other types are deviant.
Chester views the one major change as the neo-conventional family.
Beck argues that we now live in a ‘risk society’ whereby tradition has less influence and people have more choice. As a result of this, we are more aware of risks. This is because making choices involves calculating the risks and rewards of different actions.
Sociologists: Britain is no longer dominated by one family type. They argue that we should be celebrating family diversity.

This video includes concepts and sociologists such as:

  • Beck
  • Weeks
  • Stacey
  • Two Views of Family Diversity
  • Divorce-Extended Family
  • Risk Society & the Negotiated Family
  • Giddens: Choice and Equality

If you want further explanations about family diversity or more in-depth A-Level sociology videos on families and households then just click the links on this page.

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