Conjugal roles

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  • Conjugal roles
    • Marxism
      • Middle class women have more control in relationships than working class women do.
      • Inequality in conjugal roles passes capitalist values onto children. They learn to accept hierarchy and exploitation.
      • If working class men abuse their wives, it is a result of the exploitation and humiliation they face in employment.
    • Functionalism
      • Women do more domestic labour and have less power than men.
      • Women are unequal due to biological differences between them.
        • PARSONS- Instrumental and Expressive roles
      • Women choose domestic labour over a career.
      • Abuse is bad, but laws reduce it happening.
    • New Right
      • Women earn less money than men, therefore they have less power in thee home.
      • Women do more domestic work, because they are less committed to work outside of the home.
      • Women staying in the home is good for the socialisation of the children.
    • Feminism
      • Conjugal roles are still patriarchal, despite women having more responsibilities.
        • OAKLEY- Dual Burden: women work and do all domestic labour.
        • OAKLEY- Triple Shift: Women work, carry out domestic labour and take care of the emotional needs of them family.
      • Some improvements to conjugal roles have happened. LIBERAL FEMINISTS.
      • Children are still encouraged to live gender stereotypes due to their primary socialisation.
      • No changes have occurred. Men maintain a dominant position through the threat of violence. RADICAL FEMINISTS.
    • Postmodernism
      • Joint conjugal roles are developing through pure relationships and confluent love.
        • GIDDENS- Pure love: People are in relationships because of a mutual love for one another, not through necessity.
      • People take on different roles within the family, regardless of gender, in order to maintain a mutually satisfying relationship.


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