The nuclear family

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  • The Family - Key concepts
    • Murdock (Functionalist) The Nuclear Family = Universal Institution
      • Criticism: Gough - not all societies have nuclear families e.g the Nayar of Southern India
      • Criticism: ignores the importance of the extended family - close contact with kin = extended kinship network
      • Criticism: some families do not include 2 adults e.g lone-parent families
      • Criticism: some families do not adults of the same sexes
      • Allan and Crow - difficult to define the family in modern Britain
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