Functionalist - social policies

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  • Functionalist - social policy
    • See the state as acting in the interests of society as a whole and its policies for the good of all
    • FLETCHER - argues welfare state supports the family in performing functions more effectively
      • e.g. NHS  = better access to professionals and medical tools = better care for sick family members
    • Policies help family perform functions more effectively      and make life better for their members
      • Assume all members benefit, FEMINISTS argue policies often benefit men at expense of women
      • Assume there is a 'march of progress', MARXISTS argue policies can reverse progress made e.g. cutting welfare benefits


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