3 Key questions Who are the New Right? What do they believe? What are the criticisms of the New right perspective on the family
4 New RightThe New Right are usually conservative thinkers and politicians who believe very strongly in tradition.They believe there was a once a ‘golden age’ of the familyThe New Rights views on the family reflect a familial ideology
5 Familial ideologyA set of ideas about what constitutes an ‘ideal’ familyThey prefer the traditional nuclear family with a clear sexual division of labourThis ideology is transmitted by sections of the media, politicians & religious leaders.“When it comes to effective socialisation, no alternative family structure comes close to the merits of two parents, formally married”Charles Murray
6 Selfish speed dating Each group has a section on text you must create a poster from which to teach other students15 words max and as may symbols /pictures as you wishSpeed date - moving round to the other tables and gaining the information from themYou will have 5 minutes with each table
8 New Right consolidation Return to your group and teach them everything you have learnt
9 The New RightA political and academic approach to understanding societyIt stresses that the government (which is paid for by hard-working tax payers) should not have to support peopleThey think individuals chose not to work and have made themselves unemployable
10 New Right Charles Murray argues; Increasing numbers of ‘young, healthy, low-income males choose not to take jobs’.Many have grown up without a father and male wage earnerFemale headed family are dependent on welfare benefits, the disciplines and responsibilities of mainstream society thus tend to break down
11 New RightEvidence of Changes in the Family in recent years to support N.R claims:Increase in lone parent familiesIncrease in fatherless familiesIncrease in divorce ratesIncrease in cohabitationIncrease in Gay and Lesbian CouplesDecrease in traditional nuclear family
12 New Right - Causes of the decline in the family 1)The breakdown of traditional family values 2) Over generous welfare benefits to single mothers which allow dads to opt out of their responsibilities for raising and providing for their kids 3)Influence of feminism has devalued marriage, domesticity and childrearing and encouraged women to seek fulfilment outside the home 4) Increased sexual permissiveness
13 New Right - Causes of the decline in the family 5) Greater tolerance of gay and lesbian relationships as alternatives to heterosexual marriage6) Equal opportunities policies7) Contraceptive pill8)1969 divorce law reform act9)Nanny state = too many benefits given out, as if married to the state
14 New Right Consequences The fragmented family fails to adequately socialise childrenChildren thus more likely to underachieve at school and behave in anti-social waysOver generous welfare benefits can lead to mothers becoming too dependent on the state and in effect are ‘married to the state’.
15 New RightSolutions Imagine that you are part of the New Right, what three solutions would you produce to try and solve this problem of the decline in traditional family life? Think Pair Share
16 New RightSolutionsA return to traditional family values e.g. life long marriage, recognition of the duties and responsibilities of parenthoodA change in government policy e.g. redirecting welfare benefits and social service provision to support and maintain two parent families
18 New Right – Single Mothers Why are some women single mothers? Who supports single mother financially?
19 The New right argue that the family is in decline Do you agree the family is in decline?
20 Do you agree the family is in decline? The family and society is just changing, following the ways of the world, nothing will remain the sameNew types of family don’t always have a negative impact on children as sometimes family separation is necessary for the well being of the child
21 New Right attack lone mothers; TASK 1: Read through your handout make notes on why the New Right oppose lone parent families. TASK 2: Read the statements – Complete the grid to identify If it is a New Right/ Feminist statement
22 Half term homeworkUse the handouts on Functionalism (p55)& the New Right (p61) to answer the essay questionsComplete your essay cover sheet with targets from the last essay you completedComplete the question sheet, key terms, key sociologists and submit it with your essays
23 New Right – Class Debate The New Right perspective emphasises the idea that lone-parent families are a burden upon society. Should the government look after them by taxing other people?