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Traditional functions of the family and how they've
Traditional functions of the family How have they changed?
The main reason for marriage was for reproduction, passing In Britain since the 1907, there has been a steady increase in the
on family property and providing a future workforce reproduction of children and sexual relations before, alongside and
outside marriage
Before industrialisation, the family was a unit of production. Since the early 19th century, work has moved outside the home to
This means that the family home was also a workplace and factories and offices. Families no longer generally produce the
the family produced most of the goods necessary for its own goods they need ­ they go out to work for wages so that they can
survival. Children would learn the skills needed for own buy these goods. The skills needed for work are not learnt in the
working life from the parents, and the family ascribed the family, but are instead learnt at work, schools, universities and
occupational roles and status of adults. In other words, job-trainings. Instead of children following their parents footsteps,
children would follow their parents footsteps peoples status are more likely to be achieved by individual merit
The family and kinship network traditionally plated a major The modern nuclear family is less depended on relatives for help
role in maintaining and caring for depended children and assistance with maintain and caring for children. Things such as
the NHS, nurseries, schools, welfare services, and clubs help
parents maintain their children
The family provided most of the help and care for young, the Health and health care has improved thanks to the National Health
old, the sick and the poor during periods of illness, Services and other things such as retirement homes. Because of
unemployment and other crisis. Poverty often meant poor this, the family doesn't need to provide most of the help and care
health and poor health care for their loved ones.

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The family used to be one of the only sources of education The education of children has been mainly taken over by the state
for young people. and is now primarily the responsibility of professional teachers
rather than their parents. However the family continues to play an
important socialising and supporting role in preparing a child for
school and encouraging and supporting her or him while at schools.…read more


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