Monthly Archives: April 2015

Three ways in which family life varies by social class

Item 1 – Middle class couples are more likely to get married than working class couples The proportion of people in the highest social class who are married has increased to more than two-thirds in the past ten years. This … Continue reading

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Examining how family life varies by ethnicity in the UK

I’ll repopulate what’s below with links when I get a chance! Data from the latest (2011) census shows that 86% of the UK population are classified as ‘white’, 7.5% as ‘Asian’ or ‘Asian-British’, 3.3% as’ Black’, 2.2% as ‘Mixed’ and … Continue reading

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Evaluating the view that the nuclear family is in decline (part 3/3)

Some commentators argue that the extent of ever increasing family diversity has been exaggerated Robert Chester – The Neo-Conventional Family Robert Chester (1985) recognises that there has been some increased family diversity in recent years. However, unlike the new right, … Continue reading

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Explaining the increase in family and household diversity (part 2/3)

4. Feminism: Changing Gender Roles Liberal Feminists and Late Modernists would point to the increasing number of women going into work as one of the most important underlying structural shifts in Late Modern Society. Rather than needing to depend on … Continue reading

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Explaining the increase in family diversity (part 1/3 )

This is part 1 of 3 posts outlining the underlying factors which explain the increase in household diversity 1. Changing patterns of marriage, divorce and cohabitation The increase long term decline or marriage and increase in cohabitation and divorce can … Continue reading

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Trends in Family and Household Diversity

Trends in Reconstituted Families In 2011 there were 544,000 step families with dependent children in England and Wales. This means that 11% of couple families with dependent children were step families. The Number of step families has increased since the … Continue reading

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The consequences of an ageing population mind map

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Explaining the long term decrease in the death rate

Explaining the long term decrease in the death rate What are the Trends? The death rate has halved in the last century, declining from 19/1000 to 10/1000 today. In the first part of the century,most of this decrease was due … Continue reading

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Explaining changes to the birth rate

Trends in the Birth Rate and Total Fertility Rate Between 1901 to 2010 the birth rate declined from 29 per thousand to 13 per thousand The Total Fertility Rate has also seen a general decline in the last century, from … Continue reading

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The Postmodern Perspective on The Family

This post is designed to help you revise for the AS Sociology Families and Households Exam Postmodernists argue that we no longer live in the modern world with predictable orderly structures, such as the nuclear family. Instead society has entered … Continue reading

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