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Topic One: Functions of the Family
Functionalism

T h i
s
ha ndou t
w i
ll
hel
p
you an swer t
he fo l
lowing
24 ma rk
qu esti
o n

Assess the contribution of functionalism to our understanding of
families and households (24 Marks)

(It can…

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(We will look at these in more detail later)
Parsons: Functional Fit (How the nuclear family FITS society)

P arso n'
s reco g ni sed t
h e
functi
o ns of
the f
amily
are changi
ng.
H e
suggests
the
r i
se of
modern nuclear family.…

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The f
a mily
rel
ieves t
h e pre ss ures of
ever
yda y
li
fe a nd r
ech arges
th e ba t
ter
ies
o f
indi
viduals.

Evaluation and Overall AO2 of Functionalism

Strengths
Universal
I n
almo s t
a l
l
societ…

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