Functionalist - family diversity

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  • Functionalist - family diversity
    • Nuclear family is uniquely suited to meeting the needs of modern society for geographically + socially mobile workforce
      • Performs two basic functions which contribute to overall stability and effectiveness of society
    • Nuclear family is best in modern society - all other types seen as inadequate of deviant because less able to perform functions required
    • Evaluation
      • Ignore the dark side of the family
        • e.g. conflict between husband + wife, child abuse, male dominance etc
      • Do not consider harmful effects it may have on wider society
      • Dated  and no longer relevant

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