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Functionalist Theories of the Family

They see the family as playing a major role in achieving social goals such as transmitting
values and norms to reproduce consensus and therefore the culture of a society. They
basically look at all the benefits and functions…

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Parsons (1959, 1965)

Stated that the family had two `basic and irreducible functions':



1. Primary Socialisation

The family is the most important institution in which primary socialisation could take place
effectively so that children to internalise the norms and values of their society.…

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The family has a unique functional role. Some societies do not have traditional families.









The family is functional for all members of Ignores the `dark side' e.g. domestic abuse,
society. sexual abuse etc.









Families and society benefit from men Feminists view…

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Feminists argue that it benefits men more
The family unit benefits all members than women.



Ignored decline of nuclear family and
The dominant family type has shifted from increasing family diversity.
extended to nuclear



Postmodernist argue there are many possible
The nuclear family…

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