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Murdock (1949)

 

 

 

"No society...has succeeded in finding an adequate substitute for the nuclear family...it is highly doubtful whether any society will succeed in such an attempt"

Murdock, Social Structure, New York

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Murdock (1949)

 

Murdock (1949) looked at 250 societies in different cultures

Argued that the family performed four basic functions:

  • Sexual - provides a stable sexual relationship for adults 
  • Reproductive - provides new babies - new members of society 
  • Economic - the family pools resources and provides for all its members
  • Educational - family teaches children the norms and values of society 
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Talcott Parsons (1950s)

 

 

 

Talcott Parsons - 1950s

Argued that the family has two basic and vital functions:

 

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