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Explaining the rapid decline in the teen pregnancy rate

Why is the teen pregnancy
rate declining? What are the possible sociological explanations for this dramatic trend? Continue reading

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On the hypocritical parenting of tech billionnaires

Given the trend towards toxic childhood, it should come as no surprise that young children are being increasingly exposed to technologies such as iPads as part of very early socialisation, and it should be no more surprising that such exposure … Continue reading

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Outline and explain two ways in which the family might be losing its functions (10)

A possible 10 mark (no item) question which could come up on the AQA’s A-level sociology paper 2: families and households, section A. One way is that other institutions, such as the work place and schools are taking over previous … Continue reading

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Evaluate the view that changing gender roles are the most significant factor in explaining the increase in family diversity (20)

Below is a suggested essay plan for a possible essay which may come up on the AQA’s A-level sociology paper 2: topics in sociology: families and households section. The plan follows the Point – Explain – Analyse – Evaluate structure, … Continue reading

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Conceptualizing Family Diversity

Both Functionalist and Marxist Sociologists theorised that the nuclear family was central to most people’s experiences in modern industrial society. However, recent research has suggested that postmodern societies are characterised by a plurality, or diversity, of household and family types, … Continue reading

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The Marxist Perspective on the Family: Revision Notes for A-level Sociology

The Marxist Perspective on the Family: Key points and criticisms for A-level sociology in four pictures: 1. The Marxist Perspective on Society (A Reminder!)   2. Engel’s Theory of how The Nuclear Family Emerged with Capitalism (and Private Property)   3. … Continue reading

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From Parenting to Sharenting

In a recent poll, 42% of parents said they happily engage in the practice of ‘sharenting’ – or posting pictures and images of their adorable children online. No doubt this brings joy to parents and relatives alike, but this practice … Continue reading

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How many people are single?

According to the Office for National Statistics, for the population in England Wales aged 16 and over, as of 2015 there are 16 million people aged 16 or over who are ‘single and have never cohabited or married’, equivalent to … Continue reading

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What is Socialization?

A Basic Definition: The social processes through which new members of society develop awareness of social norms and values and help them achieve a distinct sense of self. It is the process which transforms a helpless infant into a self-aware, … Continue reading

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Evaluate the View that the Main Aim of the Family is to Meet the Needs of Capitalism (20)

Capitalism is an economic system characterised by private ownership of means of production. The Marxist perspective argues that in many ways the family serves the needs of capitalism in a number of ways, ultimately benefitting the bourgeoisie and the proletariat … Continue reading

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