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Sociology: post 1997 government policies relating to the family

Discussion in 'Social sciences' started by sunnysal, Jan 17, 2012.

  1. I've been out of teaching for a few years now and have returned to teach Sociology (not my subject!) Have just noticed this topic in the AQA suggested SOW and am a bit stuck as to what to include. Any suggestions gratefully received.
    Many thanks
  2. I cover this under a few different areas.
    1. New Labour inclusion policies, looking at gender, ethnicity and class, e.g. EMA, Education Action Zones, Aim Higher (evalute success)
    2. New Labour's continuation of marketisation through increased diversity, e.g. specialist status, academies, diversity of subject choice (post-modernism) etc (can continue to apply marketisation criticisms)
    3. Post 2010 Coalition changes - reduced funding, e.g. EMA and tuition fees, The English Bacc also makes for a good debate on the value of acedemic subjects vs vocational.
    Basically it's the same old debate. Are policies benefiting people by reducing inequalities or are they perpetuating social divisons?
    Hope that helps.
  3. Sorry read education not family. Here's the family stuff:
    They make 2 key changes
    1. Supporting low income families, e.g. the focus on child poverty (minimum wage, Family Tax Credits, EMA)
    2. Supporting the nuclear family though taxation policies which encourage marriage while broadening the meaning of a 'nuclear family', e.g. the Civil Partnership Act of 2004 and widening the grounds for adoption to include same-sex and cohabiting couples.
    Basically it can be used to evaluate the New Right's approach and suggests that governments can still intervene in our lives in a positive way.


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