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THEORIES
Cont...
Past Exam Essay Questions:
(e) Examine the contribution of feminist sociologists to the study of
family life. (Jan 2001)
(f) Assess the usefulness of functionalism for an understanding of the
family. (Jan 2002)
(e) Examine the different functions performed by the family for the
individuals and society. (Jan 2005)
(f) Assess the functionalist contribution to our understanding of society.
(May 2007)…read more

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FUNCTIONALISM
Essay
P1 ­ Murdocks ­ Four functions
P2 ­ Parsons ­ Two functions
P3 ­ Isolated nuclear family
P4 ­ Loss of functions ­ In the family
P5 ­ Functional Fit ­ Parsons
P6 ­ Criticisms ­ Leach + Laing,
feminism, Marxism…read more

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MARXISM Essay
REMEMBER ­ Easy (E-Z) Best Friend Forever with
Morgan Post
P1 ­ Engles ­ Family superstructure determined by
superstructure ­ inheritence
- Zaretsky ­ False consiousness preventing class
consciousness ­ unit of consumption
P2 - Bentson - Women are free child care, keep
husband and family happy and healthy.
- Fran Ansly ­ Women are "takers of shit" ­ absorb
revolutionary ideas and oppression
- Feeley ­ Teaches passivity not revolution
P3 ­ Morgan ­ Cereal packet norm and segregated
roles are needed ­ not always the type of family ­
Class?
- Post Modernism - Choice of career…read more

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FEMINISM Essay
P1 - Radical Feminism ­ (INCLUDE SOCIOLOGISTS)
· Patriarchy is to blame for inequality
P2 - Liberal Feminism ­ (INCLUDE SOCIOLOGISTS)
· Seek equal rights with men - Blame laws and social policy
P3 - Marxist Feminism ­ (INCLUDE SOCIOLOGISTS)
· Both sexes exploited by rich but females more so ­ Blame
capitalist system
P4 - CRITISISMS OF FEMINISM ­ (INCLUDE SOCIOLOGISTS)
· Too passive ­ doesn't take note of the individual to make
changes themselves
· Joint conjugal roles
· Power structures in alternative relationships are not recognised
· Don't point out that black women may have different
experiences.
· MARXIST/FUNCTIONALIST…read more

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-DOMESTIC
BONUS!
VIOLENCE Essay
(due to come up soon)
EW U Fat Man! U Canadian
P1 ­ Extent ­ how big is the problem?
P2 ­ Woman ­ Statistics for abuse on
women
P3 ­ Unrecorded ­ Why? Sociologists?
P5 ­ Feminism ­ miller + Firestone
P6 ­ Marxist ­ Fran Ansley
P4 ­ Unreported ­ Yearshine
P7 ­ Criticisms ­ Elliot, Wilkinson, Black…read more

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