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Outline and evaluate the functionalist view of the role of the family in society. 33 marks - 25
minutes.

A family is a kinship - people related by blood or marriage. Functionalism is a macro theory which
means it looks at a wider sociological view. It focuses on the importance…

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family has lost its educational function. In response to Murdock's theory, Parson says that in modern
industrial societies the role of the family has become specialised. Parson believes that every family in
every society has two "basic and irreducible" functions. For instance, primary socialisation - passing
on of norms and…

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