Functionalist views of the nuclear family

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  • Created on: 22-04-17 20:54
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  • Functionalist theories of the nuclear family
    • Nuclear family funtions
      • MURDOCK
      • Reproduction
        • Stable satisfaction of sex drives
        • Socialisation of the children
    • Nuclear family is NOT under threat
      • Growth of remarriage
      • Families are natural, biologically occuring
    • Traditional nuclear family still exists, though it lives alongside diverse family forms
      • Family diversity is exaggerated
        • CHESTER- NEO CONVENTIONAL FAMILIES
        • Gay people seek to form family units, showing the family norm is strong still
    • Found universally
      • Meets the needs of society
        • PARSONS- FUNCTIONAL FIT
        • PARSONS- CONJUGAL ROLES
        • Decline in nuclear families may lead to societal problems
          • Some alternatives, like NEO CONVENTIONAL can work
    • Evaluation
      • Too harmonious
        • MARXIST
          • Ignores dysfunctions like exploitation and conflict
          • Ignores disadvantages of capitalism
      • Ignores the exploitation of patriarchy
        • FEMINIST
      • POSTMODERN
        • Nuclear family isn't found universally
        • Family is a social construction, not a natural trait

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