Criticisms of theories

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  • Criticisms of Theories
    • Funtionalism
      • Ignore the negative aspects of the family
      • Morgan - No reference to alternative households or problems in family relationships
      • Feminist say is ignores the exploitation of women
    • Marxism
      • Focuses on benefits to the economy and ignores benefits to individuals and society
      • Assumes the worker is male and the women are housewives
      • Doesnt explain why the family structure is successful in communist societies
    • Feminism
      • Portrays women as too passive
      • Doesn't consider same sex relationships and single parent families
      • Doesn't acknowledge that power might be shared in a relationship
    • New Right
      • Blames the victim for their problems


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