Dr. Asif Raza
Single Parent Families
November 26, 2014
The SingleParent Household
Customs and traditions that were being taught and practiced over several years are now becoming obsolete. The modern culture has changed and outgrown what were once the norm of values and beliefs in society. What once was unacceptable in the olden days, is now becoming a fast and rapidly rising trend. Over the last 50 years the structure of the American families has experienced a dramatic transformation. In 1970, 83% of women ages 30 to 34 were married according to the 1970s decennial Census. By 2010 that number had decreased dramatically to 57%. The Census Bureau defines a family as "two or more persons related by birth, marriage or adoption who reside in the same household." Sociologist recognize a wide variety of Family types, some of the most common being; traditional, blended, loneparent, and extended. The traditional family, also known as the nuclear family, was seen as the most effective form for carrying out the vital functions of the family. But over the last few decades there has been a steady rise in singleparent families. Singleparent households have more than tripled since the 1960s. In 1960, more than 76% of AfricanAmericans and nearly 97% of whites were born to married couples. Today the percentage is 30% for blacks and 70% for whites. There are many reasons why Americans and sociologist worry about the singleparent household. Some concerns include economic, developmental, and moral of the family. So this leaves the question on whether a singleparent can carry out those same vital function a family requires.
In the Conflict Perspective, marriage and family do not concur with one another. Conflict theory makes different assumptions about the family as an institution, interpreting the family as a system of power relations that reinforce and reflect inequalities of society. Conflict theorist agree that the environment and other forces shape the marriage and family. Some theorists say single parents benefit the economy, with single mothers being able to produce cheap labor, social services not accommodating to profit making, and new laborers for temporary deadend jobs. The conflict perspective emphasizes that families in American society are vital to capitalism because the family produces the workers that capitalism needs. Personalities within a family are shaped by adapting to the needs of a capitalist system. Thus, families Conflict theorists believe in the separation of family. If there is battery or abuse in a marriage, then the physically abused spouse should leave. Also, in the conflict perspective, the patriarchal family exist, meaning men have control over the women. Within the conflict viewpoint, feminism has a strong argument in single parenting. Feminism remarks on how women are in distress and have defined violence as a reflection of the patriarch’s power. This might be the cause of many divorces and ultimately leading to single parenting. Also by way of the conflict perspective, conflict theorist view family as an institution in which we will get all of our knowledge by determination of class. Conflict will acknowledge that all families have an important role in the development of a child’s life, depending on the social class of the family. Conflict theorist depict the family as an institution subject to the same conflicts that characterize the rest of society. Families are not isolated from the problems facing society as a whole. The struggles brought on by racism, class inequality, sexism, homophobia, and other social conflicts are played out within family life.
The singleparent family can be defined as a family where a parent lives with a dependent child or children, either alone or in a larger household, without a spouse or partner. Singleparent ...
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