Marxism - Families & Households revision

Including:

  • Friedrich Engels & Criticisms
  • Zaretsky 
  • Leach
  • Laing
  • Cooper
  • Criticisms of Marxism
  • Criticism of Radical Psychiatry
HideShow resource information
Preview of Marxism - Families & Households revision

First 228 words of the document:

AS Sociology 22nd April 2010
Families & Households Revision
Marxism
Marxism focuses on the conflict between different social classes in society. The Ruling
class own the means of production and exploit the working class.
FRIEDRICH ENGELS
Monogamous nuclear family developed to solve the problem of inheritance of
private property
Wealthy capitalists needed to make sure their private property was passed on to
their eldest son
Nuclear monogamous family was an attempt to control women's sexual
behaviour
FRIEDRICH ENGELS CRITICISMS
Lack of evidence
Economic determinist ­ view everything in relation to money in a capitalist
society
ZARETSKY
Capitalist system is based on the domestic labour of housewives, who
reproduce future generations of workers
The family consumes the products of capitalism and enables the ruling lcass to
keep profits up
Radical Psychiatry
LEACH
Nuclear family too isolated and lacks support of the extended family
This puts pressure on the parents who lack emotional support
In turn they take out their anger on their children
LAING
The family can cause mental illness, stress, depression and anxiety
Children and parents spend too much time with each other ­ child feels
suffocated
`Tennis Ball girl' ­ being bounced emotionally between parents
Chris Cartwright

Other pages in this set

Page 2

Preview of page 2

Here's a taster:

AS Sociology 22nd April 2010
Families & Households Revision
COOPER
Parents teach children to be obedient
Therefore when they go to work they are easily controlled
Family is a microcosm of society, whereby:
o Parent = Capitalist boss
o Child = Worker
CRITICISMS OF MARXISM
Marxists ignore positive aspects of family life
Marxists fail to consider the diversity of family life
Parents seem to have lost their ability to control children
The view that the family creates an obedient workforce ripe for exploitation is too…read more

Comments

No comments have yet been made

Similar Sociology resources:

See all Sociology resources »See all resources »