AQA Sociology AS: The extended family today

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The extended family today

The extended family has declined, but it still exists.

> Willmott argues that it now exists as a 'dispersed extended family' where they are geographically separated but maintain in contact and provide support

According to parsons from the functionalist perspective, the extended family is the dominant family type in pre-industrial society 

> However, in modern industrial society, it has been replaced by the nuclear family

> chamberlain argues that the extended family still exists as it performs important functions for its members

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