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Benson- Cohabitation vs marriage (New right)

marriage is more stable, better for having children, marriage has a clear commitment to each other.


New right- gender roles

fundamental biological differences explain why women stay at home and men work etc. Family keep society alive, anything bar nuclear is dysfunctional


Chester- the Neo-conventional family

The Neo conventional family is a dual earner family in which both spouses go out to work. Bar this he says the nuclear family is still the most common.


Rapoport- five types of family diversity

1. organisational diversity- differences in the way family roles are organised. eg dual earners
2. cultural diversity- different culture, religious and ethnic groups have different family structures eg female headed families among African Caribbean. class diversity- differences in family structure due to income differences between social classes.
4. life stage diversity- differ depending on stage reached in life cycle.
5. generational diversity- generations have different attitudes and experiences reflect times they lived in.


Stacey- divorce extended family

Stacey argues that family change has benefited women. One new family type is divorce extended - members connected by divorce, key members include former in laws.


Giddens - choice and equality (individualist theory)

laws used to control marriage and the family, now couples define their relationships themselves, rather than acting out roles they have been given.


Giddens - pure relationship (individualist theory)

relationships only exist as long as it satisfies both their needs, no longer down to law or traditional now is feelings and attraction etc.


Beck - the negotiated family (individualist theory)

don't fit with traditional family norm, but vary according to the wishes and expectations of their members, who decide what is best for them.


Smart- connectedness thesis ( Personal life theory)

We live within networks of existing relationships and interwoven personal histories, and these strongly influence our range of options and choices in relationships.