Criticisms of Functionalist Theory

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  • Created on: 19-11-13 13:47
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  • Criticisms of Functionalist Theory
    • Not unviersal
    • Doesnt accept any alternative types of family
    • Not always possible to have parents
    • Assumes that people cannot make their own decisions and they are completly subject to external factors
    • Ignores the "dark side" of faimly - Child abuse + neglaect + violence
    • Parents sometimes encourage chidlren not to go to school
      • Parents can be bad role models which thsi ignores
    • Outdated society (Murdock made his research in 1949)
    • Marxists femisnsit - Warm bath only apllies to men + Women = servant role to men
    • Today = childcare "dual burden" - day of work followed by housework


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