Marxism: Main Role of Family

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They believe that the main role of the family is to serve the interest of capitalism and
bourgeoisie. Marxists also believe that the family cushions the main provider.
Capitalistic means of production highlights the exploitative nature of the economic
system. He shows how the bourgeoisie take advantage of the proletariat and their
labour the proletariat are a tool used to create profit and to keep profit margins at
acceptable levels. Marx argues that the monogamous bourgeois nuclear family
developed to help solve the problem of the inheritance of private property. The men
needed to know who their children were in order to pass on their property to their
heirs. The family was therefore thought to be by Marxists as designed to control
women and protect property. The Bourgeois nuclear family emerged with capitalism.
It is patriarchal as designed to guarantee and encourage male power through the
inheritance of property. It therefore serves the interests of capitalism.
Family serves capitalism in four ways. Firstly, the family socialises their children, they
reproduce labour power and have an acceptance of capitalism. Secondly, women's
domestic work is unpaid which benefits capitalism (this would be an argument that is
also put forward by feminists). Thirdly, the family acts as a comfort for the stresses
and frustrations of working class men they are there to `Cushion the main provider'.
Lastly, the family as a unit of consumption buys the goods and services provided by


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