- Adopt a structural perspective on family
- See family within the framework of a capitalist society based on private property, profit and conflicting classes.
- Nuclear family teaches members to submit to the capitalist class.
- Emphasises how family reproduces unequal relationships and work to distort class conflicts.
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- Believed monogamous nuclear family ideal as means of passing on private property.
- Acted as proof of paternity.
- Women's role was to provide an heir in return for security (food and shelter).
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- French marxist Althusser, argues capitalism survives if working class submit to ruling class.
- Family is main way of passing or reinforcing ideology.
- Through socialisation, the ideology is injected into family.
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- Taditional marxist perspective is old-fashioned. Marrying to pass on property ignores other reasons to get married.
- Changing role of women: less likely to marry for economic security.
- Marriage less of a social necessity.
- 2003 report shows marriage based on love not obligation.
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