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Argues that the classic extended family, has largely dissapeared in modern society, and the structurally isolated privatised nuclear family is taking over as the main family form
Privatised Nuclear Family
This is a self contained, self reliant family unit that is separated and isolated from its extended kin, neighbours and community life. Children arent close with grandparents and adults dont speak to neighbours
Geographical Mobility
Modern day Britain has a division of labour system, this means the labour force needs to be geographically mobile to move to areas where their skills are needed or to improve their education, the privatised family is well suited to this as they are small in size and not tied down by responsibilities for extended kin
Social Mobility
Higher levels of this mean that different members of the extended family may find themselves in elite jobs, with diffrences of education and income- these differences weaken the relations between kin and therefore DECLINES the traditional EXTENDED FAMILY
Welfare State
Welfare has taken over a number of functions previously performed by the family including education, health and financial support. This has reduced the dependence on extended family members
Modified Extended Family
A family type in which related nuclear families, although living geographically apart nevertheless continue to maintain regular contact and mutual support through visiting, the phone, email and social networking websites
Growing Meritocracy
Society is becoming more about "what" you know rather than "who" you know, which means that the extended family has less to offer such as job opportunities . Kin links do still remain important for the upper classes however
When children become young adults and leave home to live in shared households (i.e. University) and occasionally move back in and out to parents homes
Describes how young people are now less likely to follow the traditional route of after higher education getting their own home as instead many still live with parents after education as they cant afford to buy or rent their OWN home