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Explain the extent to which changing patterns of relationships have impacted
on the traditional family in contemporary UK society. Use two contrasting
theories and relevant studies to support your answer.

The family is very important to society with some form of grouping being found in all
societies. Giddens defined the…

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suppression of women. Marxist and radical feminist view the family in terms of conflict.
Marxist feminists believe that patriarchy within the economy is reflected in the home with
women supplying cheap domestic labour and producing the next generation of workers.
Women can also serve as a reserve army of labour…


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