Presentation on theme: "Sociology of The family. Lesson objectives Outline social policies in the UK and other countries. To assess the impact of these policies on the family."— Presentation transcript:
Lesson objectives Outline social policies in the UK and other countries. To assess the impact of these policies on the family. Understand the functionalist, marxist, new right and feminism view on social policy. Sociology of The family
Sociology of The family Families & Social Policy On the whiteboards you have been given and working as a group, write down a brief definition of what a social policy is in 15 words or less
Sociology of The family Social Policy Social policies refer to laws made by the government Why are they important to Sociologists? Social policies are very important as they help to understand how society regulates family life, influencing the structure of the family etc.
Sociology of The family Families & Social Policy On the whiteboards In your groups can you think of 2 social policies in the UK that would have a direct impact on the family? Welfare State Act 1942 Legalisation of contraceptive Pill Legalisation of Abortion 1967 Divorce Reform Act 1969 Children’s Act 1989 Marital Rape Act 1991 Child Support Agency 1993 Civil Partnership Act 2004 Additional Paternity Pay 2011 Legalisation of Homosexuality 1967
Sociology of The family Families & Social Policy Which policies had the biggest POSITIVE influence on the family? Biggest Impact Least amount of impact Which policies had the biggest NEGATIVE influence on the family?
Sociology of The family Social policies in other countries Can you think of and social policies from other countries that have had a big impact (either positive or negative) on the family unit in that country? Discuss as a group for 5 minutes
Sociology of The family Sociological Perspectives and social Policy
Sociology of The family Functionalism The state acts in the best interests of society therefore social policies help the family perform its functions. It is a “March of Progress” making family life better But us Feminists know that these policies only really help men and not all of them are a positive policy for families.
Sociology of The family New Right The state should not intervene in family life. If men and women preform the correct roles properly the family will be self reliant and not need state intervention. Recent state policies have created a dependency culture which undermines the family unit. You are just trying to justify the patriarchal family, besides which the nuclear family is not natural but a social construction.
Sociology of The family Marxism State policies are just there to serve the interests of the dominate capitalist ideology. Take what happened to women in WWII, nurseries provided so they could work whilst men were away at war, but those nurseries closed as soon as the war ended. But recent state policies have made it easier for women to go out and work and have tried to make family life better for all members
Sociology of The family Feminism State policies are created by men in order serve the interests of men. Policies seem to think that the patriarchal family is the norm and want to reproduce it through a self fulfilling prophesy. Just take paternity and maternity leave as an example. Not all policies are male centred, what about Marital rape laws and the extended paternity leave policies?
Sociology of The family Perspectives and Policies Welfare State Act 1942 Legalisation of contraceptive Pill Legalisation of Abortion 1967 Divorce Reform Act 1969 Children’s Act 1989 Marital Rape Act 1991 Child Support Agency 1993 Civil Partnership Act 2004 Additional Paternity Pay 2011 Legalisation of Homosexuality 1967
Sociology of The family Perspectives and Policies
Sociology of The family Past 24 Mark Question Using material from Item 2B and elsewhere, assess sociological views of the impact of government policies and laws on family life. (24 marks)