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Assess the Argument That Britain's Families Are No Longer Nuclear.

  • Date Submitted: 03/03/2011 10:34 AM
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A nuclear family is the media perfect family which is a breadwinner (husband) who is responsible for all the income and a career-free wife who cares and looks after her house and children, who are happily married, with children of their own. Who are taught the right norms and values.   However in our post-modern society looking at facts and statistics, it shows that our community have a family diversity, ranging from nuclear families to single-person families.
We can argue that Britain’s families are no longer nuclear as our society appears to show the range of families. There are many different families in our society: nuclear families are usually families the media promote and could be called the ‘cereal packet family’, however the number of nuclear families have been decreasing since pre-modern society; extended families are common between Asian families , they are when different generations live together(grandparents, uncles and aunts);single-parent families have steadily been increasing through out the years, these are families which consist of a parent living alone with their children; reconstituted families are when people have had children with ex-partners however live with their new partner and all of their children, otherwise known as step-families; single-person families, are when someone decides to live alone, a lot of students after university choose to do this as they feel it to be the best option for them; lastly, homosexual families are when a homosexual couple decide to have a child, through adoption or IVF . The most growing family in today’s society is the single-parent family which was very rare before, nearly 5-7% of our society is taken by this family. Sociologists, Rhona and Robert Rapport, identified five different types of family diversity on the way families are organised also Eversley and Bonnerjea both noted how the area you lived in affected the family you were most likely to come from, these two identifications show how our society is...


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