Assess The View That Industrialisation Led To Decline Of The Extended Family

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Using information from Item B and elsewhere, assess the view that industrialisation led to decline of the extended family and the rise of the nuclear family. Industrialisation is when production became more mechanical and people started working in factories. Extended families are all kin, when there are 3 generations living together i.e. Grandparents, Parents and children. Nuclear families are of 2 generations, i.e. Parents and their children. Functionalists believe that industrialisation has led to an increase of nuclear families. In pre-industrialisation times, there were more extended families and was an agricultural society. The extended families worked together for production and to support each other until industrialisation began and referring back to Item B, the nuclear family became popular because it led to greater geographical mobility which means they will lose contact with the extended kin. They chose to work for a wage and the left the extended family so this shows that industrialisation has benefited the nuclear family.…show more content…
Another sociologist, Michael Anderson found evidence that extended families developed more during industrialisation because while parents were away at work, grandparents or uncles and aunts were there to look after the children so in return the extended kin get looked after too. Peter Laslett, an English historian disagreed and found that after industrialisation, nuclear families was more dominated than the extended family and single parent families became popular
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