Functions of families

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  • Functions of Families
    • Functionalist
      • Cornerstone of society
        • Feel part of wider society
        • Insufficient attention to 'dark side'
          • Child abuse
          • Domestic violence
      • Murdock
        • Four functions
          • Sexual
            • Emotional bond
              • Maitains stability
          • Reproduction
            • Ensure continuation of society
          • Educational
            • Socialised
          • Economic
            • Provide basics for life
              • Food
              • Water
              • Shelter
            • Helps maintain economy
      • Parsons
        • Primary socialisation
          • Too deterministic
            • Children may resist
            • Parents incapable of enforcing values
        • Stabilisation of adult personality
          • 'Warm Bath Theory'
            • Destress after work
            • Maintains social stability
            • Makes you feel loved and safe
        • Outdated
          • 1950s
          • Britain more diverse
        • Focus on American middle-class
    • Marxist
      • Family= consumer units
        • Support capitalism
          • Goes unchallenged
        • 'Cereal packet family'
          • Buy products to be 'picture perfect'
      • Private property
        • Need to pass on household
          • Old-fashioned
          • More likely to marry for love
      • Maintains class inequality
        • Socialises generations to accept social standing
    • Femenist
      • Radical
        • Enforces gender sterotypes
          • Sexual division of labour
      • Marxist
        • Nuclear family benedits capitalism
          • Women can't succeed due to motherhood
            • Not all women have children
            • Women can be breadwinner
      • Liberal
        • Want to increase equality between sexes
      • Not always male exploitation of women
      • Ignores racial prejudice

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