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Sociologist theorists to use:
Family and households ­ UNIT 1

Topic 1 ­ Couples
Topic 2 ­ Childhood
Topic 3 ­ The functions of the family
Topic 4 ­ Demography
Topic 5 ­ Changing family patterns (Marriage and divorce)
Topic 6 ­ Family diversity and the life course
Topic 7…

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Jean Duncombe and Dennis Marsden (1995) ­ invisible an emotional
work
Gillian Dunne (1999) ­ division of labour in lesbian households
Jefferey Weeks (1999) ­ division of labour in lesbian households

Resources and decision- making in household

Michelle Barrett and Mary McIntosh (1991)
Elaine Kempson (1994) ­ money decision in…

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Social construction ­ historical differences in childhood

Philippe Aries (1960)
Edward Shorter (1975)

Position of children improved

Lloyd De Mause (1974) - March of progress view
The conflict view
Caroline Woodroffe (1993) ­ Inequalities among children
Marilyn Howard (2001) - Inequalities among children
Shulamith Firestone (1979) and John Holt (1974)…

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George Peter Murdock (1949) ­ 4 essential functions

The Marxist perspective on the family

Inheritance of property
Ideological functions
Eli zaretsky (1976)- A unit of consumption

Feminist perspective on the family

Liberal feminism
Fran Ansley (1972) - Marxist feminism
Jenny Somerville (2000) - Radical feminism
Germaine Greer (2000) ­ radical…

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Charles Murray (1984)
Elsa Ferri and Kate Smith (1998)
Graham Allan & Graham Crow (2001)
Jane Ribbens McCarthy et al (2003)
Mary Chamberlain's (1999)
Roger Ballard (1982)
Heidi safia Mairza (1997)
Nickie Charles (2005)
Jennifer Mason (1993)
Colin Bells (1968)

Topic 6;

Harry Benson (2006)
Amato (2000)
Ann Oakley (1997)…

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