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The new right
Similar to functionalism as they believe that the nuclear family is best for society.
The new right emerged in the 1970’s, however became influential in 1980’s due to Margret Thatcher.
These ideas are associated with the conservative party, although some of its emphasis and support has been echoed recently by new labour politicians as well.
Believe in a return to the nuclear family and traditional family values
Increasing permissiveness (homosexuality especially)
Sexual promiscuity and increase in abortions
Divorce and marital breakdowns
Rising rate of illegitimate births
Increasing number of single parent families
Impact of feminism at home, resulting in the confusion over the roles of men and women that it has created and the resulting unhappiness.
Exaggerate the decline of the nuclear family – divorce has increased however most people remarry
Roles are socially determined, rather than biologically – traditional gender roles oppress women
Divorce being easier is good for women as it allows an easier escape from unhappy and abusive relationships
Most single parents aren’t welfare scroungers
Exaggerate the extent of cohabitation and single parent families.