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12/2/2010 1 Sociology of the Family Prof. Mouzon Family Policy 1 What is family policy? “objectives concerning family well -being and the specific measures taken by governmental bodies to achieve them” Means-tested vs. entitlement Cash assistance vs. in-kind assistance U.S. family policy addresses 4 family functions: 1. 2. 3. 4. 2 Conservative Ideology Upholds modern nuclear family as ideal. Alarmed by the “breakdown” of the “traditional” family: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. Blame family decline on cultural and political issues Attributes social problems to the “breakdown” of nuclear family 3
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2 Progressive Ideology 4 No such thing as “traditional” family. Families are socially/historically constructed. Major difference vs. conservatives? Principles/social problems of concern (Mintz, 2003): 1. 2. 3. 4. Progressives vs. Conservatives 5 Is there a preferred family form? If so, what is it? Are families changing because of cultural reasons (e.g., moral decline) or structural reasons (e.g., economic, demographic)? Should family choices remain in the private or public realm? Legality of Marriage 6 1996 Marriage Protection Act: Bill Clinton 29 states prohibit same-sex marriage 6 of 50 states allow same-sex marriage MA, CT, ME, VT, IO, NH For cultural conservatives, making same-sex marriages legal abandons the basic building block of the family.
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This note was uploaded on 11/10/2011 for the course SOCIOLOGY 920:272 taught by Professor Mouzon during the Fall '09 term at Rutgers.

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