Promoting the family
Synonyms: Developing pro-family policies
Description: Affirming the existing schemes of procreation and child rearing and urging people to support such lifestyles.
Context: A family means many things to many people, including: 1. Human kinship in a legalistic sense, by genetic factors, marriage, or adoption, at the closest and smallest bonding level, usually associated with cohabitation of its members, concurrently or successively, in at least one stage of their relationship; 2. The family circle subjectively perceived, including friends, who usually and periodically come together; [ie] those considered members of the family. By some, pet dogs and other domesticated animals are considered as members; 3. Kinfolk or family circle members who share, to some degree, a common life, taking responsibility for one another physically, materially and morally; and 4. Human beings that in some societies were considered one person's property, [ie] wives, concubines, slaves, etc.
Claim: Radical social breakdown with deterioration of behavioural norms is characteristic of modern society. Promotion of family lifestyles is essential for a rational social order.
Counter Claim: 1. Current day procreative schemes are so diversified that promoting one form nullifies another. 2. This strategy is sufficiently general as to be extremely difficult to directly implement and leads to demands for unchanging social traditions (of which the conventional procreation styles are part) and thus to conformism and reactionary conservatism.
Subjects: FamilyPromotionDevelopment Policy
Type Classification: F: Exceptional strategies