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Families & Household

Parsons: Instrumental and Expressive Roles

Normal nuclear family; roles between wife/husband are segregated

Talcott Parsons- Functionalist view upon spouses (due to biologically differences)

Women naturally suited to the nurturing role and men are the providers.

- Instrumental; (husband) The breadwinner, achieving success at work to finacially support the family

- Expressive; (wife) Home maker, primary socialisation towards kids so meets emotional needs

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