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Topic One
The Marxist Perspective on the Family

While functionalists see society as based on value consensus (agreement)
Marxists view the role of family in terms of conflict. The functions of the family are
performed purely for the benefit of the capitalist system.

Marxists see the family as part of…

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A unit of consumption

AO2 (Evaluation) Criticisms of the Marxist Perspective

1. Assumes the nuclear family is dominant in capitalist society. This ignores
a wide range of varying family structures found today
2. Feminists say Marxists concentrate too much on social class and not
enough on gender inequalities
3. Functionalists…

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