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  • Theorists for Unit 1 - Families & Households
    • George Peter Murdock (1949) - Family performs 4 essential functions to meet the needs of society.
      • The 4 Functions are: 1. Stable satisfaction of the sex drive with the same partner preventing social disruption caused by sexial 'free for all'
      • 2. Reproduction of the next generation -  because without this society would not continue.
      • 3. Socialisation of the young into society;s shared norms & values.
      • 4. Meeting its members' economic needs for example food & Shelter.
      • Criticisms of this theory. The feminists see the family as serving the needs of men and oppressing women.


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