AQA AS SOCIOLOGY TOPIC 1: COUPLES NOTES

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  • Created on: 07-05-12 10:07

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Topic 1: Couples
Domestic division of labour

Parsons: instrumental and expressive roles
Traditional nuclear family, roles segregated.
Talcott Parsons (1955) functionalist model of family clear division of labour between spouses.
Husband instrumental role, achieving success at work and breadwinner
Wife expressive role, primary socialization of children and carer

Argues division…

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A feminist view of housework
Reject `march of progress' argue little's changed, men and women still unequal.
Society still patriarchal and women occupy subordinate and dependent role within family and wider
society.

Ann Oakley (1974) criticizes Young and Willmott argues claims exaggerated, although found
husbands interviewed helped at least once…

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Summary
Evidence women being in paid work leads to more equality in division of labour
Feminists argue in reality effect of this limited, still continue to shoulder dual or triple burden
even if men doing more in home, domestic tasks remain gendered
Feminists argue root of problem patriarchy, gender scripts…

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Domestic violence not occur randomly but follows particular social patterns that have
causes, most striking of these patterns that it's mainly violence by men against women

Mirrlees-Black found:
Most victims women
99% all incidents against women committed by men
Nearly 1 in 4 woman been assaulted by partner at some…

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Living in rented accommodation
Low incomes/financial difficulties
High levels of alcohol consumption/use of illegal drugs


Wilkinson: domestic violence inequality and stress
Richard Wilkinson (1996) offers explanation of patterns, sees domestic violence as result of stress
family members caused by social inequality.
Means some families fewer resources than others, such as…

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