Sociology and the Family

three main theories in Sociology on the family

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Feminism - Main Points

Radical-feminism

See the family as being Male-dominated and oppressing women. They believe that the family also contributes to patriarchy.

Marxist-feminism

That the family is there to help the husband release his frustration. The family contributes to capitalism.

Liberal-feminism

Looks at the womans position within the society and pragmatism.

Criticisms

Feminists have not considered the variations in Family life and have exaggerated. There is no backed detail. 

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Functionalism - Main Points

Murdock

Murdock believed that the family had 4 main points to carry out within the society.

  • Sexual
  • reproductive
  • Education
  • Economy

Criticisms

There are many other social institutions.

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Marixism - Main Points

Engels

Discovered the nuclear family and believes that the family has control over women.

Zeretsky

Believes that the family fuels capitalism and provides the production of new workers.

Criticisms

There is no proof that the Nuclear family came about at the same time as capitalism.

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Comments

Gem M

Thnks :) v. Helpful x 

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