Using material from Item 2B and elsewhere, assess sociological views of the impact of government policies and laws on family life (24 marks, timed 25 minutes)
Government policies and laws include tax and benefit policies as well as legislation such as that relating to divorce and marriage. Sociologists have different views on the impact of these policies and laws on families. For example, feminists argue that social policies assume that the ideal family is a patriarchal nuclear family, and that government policies and laws therefore favour this sort of family.
On the other hand, the New Right argue that the benefit system undermines traditional nuclear families by actively encouraging lone parents
Social policies are defined as actions taken by governing bodies such as schools or welfare systems that create action in society and cause implications for its members, they’re usually based off of laws from the government. Sociologists greatly clash in their respective perspectives on the view of social policies which ultimately makes it hard to understand the true extent of what they do to our society. Therefore, I will be examining just how worthy these views about social policies and their effects of the family are.
As item 2B states, feminists argue that social policies assume that the ideal family is a patriarchal one, where they are created in order to continue the trend of a man in control of the family, in a nuclear family which involves a married heterosexual couple as well as children, own or adopted. This is shown in ways such as; giving women custody over children in courts by assuming that they are caregivers and making it harder for women to claim social benefits as they are seen to be dependent on men. One main example of the way in which feminists argue that social policies continue this trend of patriarchy was presented by Lamb. Lamb stated that many things such as maternity leave assumed that women are the caregivers for...