Has there been a decline in values in British society?

Anthony Browne

in Contemporary social evils

Published by Policy Press

Published in print June 2009 | ISBN: 9781847424099
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447301981 | DOI:
Has there been a decline in values in British society?

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This chapter states that the growing sexual equality has made it possible for more women to leave abusive and unhappy homes. It also contends that there have been many moral improvements since the 1950s, but also distinct areas of decline. In addition, it is argued that the latter include family breakdown, drug and alcohol misuse, welfare dependency and violent crime; all linked to a loss of binding ‘social capital’. It starts by describing the growth of violent crime. There has been a collapse of the traditional nuclear family and there seems little doubt that there has, in recent years, been a decline in social capital. The two big questions addressed are: why have the values changed, and what should be done about it?

Keywords: British society; social capital; family breakdown; drug misuse; alcohol misuse; welfare dependency; violent crime

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