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`The modern family now sees a reduction in social inequality.' Discuss

Within most societies people live and grow within a family setting. Sociologists have defined
the family as, `a group of persons directly linked by kin connections, the adults of which take
responsibility for caring for the children' (Giddens). The…

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Wilmott and Young tried to explain conjugal roles within the family by completing their study
`Symmetrical family' in 1975 under the functionalist perspective. Their study identified that
married couples were becoming more egalitarian with both taking responsibility for
household tasks and working. They discovered that 72% of husbands did housework…


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