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Daisy Casemore
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Assess the contribution of Functionalism to our understanding of
families and households
To assess how Functionalism contributes to society's view on families and households, I will
compare the Functionalist perspective to the Marxist perspective as both have extremely
strong influences on sociology's understanding and allows us,…

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Daisy Casemore
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However Karl Marx believed in the polar opposite to a Functionalist's view. He openly stated
that all of society's institutions ­ including the family ­ helped to maintain class inequality
and the rising problem of capitalism. Engles, a famous Marxist, said that "Monogamy is
essential due…

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