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GOV 312L Lecture 28: GOV312L - Unit 3 Summary notes – 3.10

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GOV 312L
Christina Bambrick

GOV312L - Unit 3 Summary notes – 3.10 Changes in the family • The “traditional family” vs. the family as a collection of individuals (with flued, detachable ties) • Women still tend to be the primary caregivers o More vulnerable to divorce and fluctuations in the labor market (lower pay, lower status, less security) • Public interest in the conditions under which children are raised, and the education of citizens o Public cannot be indifferent • Disagreement between conservatives and liberals about family policy • Consensus on whit it matters: o Healthy family enable ppl to reach full potential o Dysfunctional families breed delinquency and crime o Families = main source for work force ▪ Funds for social security, contributes to econ The Kauai Study • Began in 1950s • Traced children throughout lives o Looked at factors that influenced them ▪ Personality, personal characteristics ▪ Stable, interactive, intact household ▪ Support systems external to family; school, clubs, sports • These mutually reinforcing protective factors are less secure due to social/economic developments • We don’t talk about these things, only talk about rights talk • Potential solutions o Need to be supportive of families and associations, and not inadvertently discourage, impede, or penalize those responsibly trying to carry out family roles o If we divorce rights from a fuller picture of what human beings need, that won’t work o Need to talk about family and community in addition to rights Conclusions • Relationships necessary for human ends and happiness o Networks, communities, etc. are essential for ▪ Good of individual, Human development ▪ System of govt. (Structure of human relationships) • In addition to networks/community for personal preferences, it enables us to discuss rights, debate topics, etc. Critique of identity • How should diversity shape out politics? • Standard liberal answer: yes, people should become aware of and celebrate our differences; should be atten
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