Mastering Sociology by Gerard O’Donnell (auth.)

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Paul Barker, 1972) Geoffrey Hawthorne puts the case for the family very simply - 'The fact remains that the nuclear family does seem to be the simplest conceivable structure for doing what it has to do, and even if we do not know much about how it does it ... that must be a very powerful restraint on change'. Child care The main reasons for regarding continuity as an essential requisite of mothering are the well-established associations between 'broken homes ' and delinquency and the short-term disturbance which often follows a young child's separation from his parents.

Socially acceptable behaviour is enforced by sanctions: informal sanctions, such as public opinion; formal sanctions, such as imprisonment. • A man may be imprisoned in Britain for failing to maintain his wife and children. • A child will be encouraged to learn the gender roles regarded as appropriate to a little boy or girl by being dressed in a particular way and being given 'appropriate' toys- acceptable behaviour may be rewarded by a smile. (c) Differing family patterns Polygamy: one man or one woman and more than one spouse.

6 Books, such as this one; but also novels, biographies and autobiographies. Remember that although secondary sources • • • • are cheap to use are quick to use allow you to go back in time compare one period with another you may not be able to check • how accurate they are • how objective they are • the purpose for which they were originally collected When you carry out your own primary research, the people from whom you seek your information are called the respondents. 1) will be high. This high level of involvement means that you will be able to examine each individual in much greater detail, perhaps acquire information which you had not even considered, and be more likely to find out the real truth .

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