Talcott Parsons (1955) - He argues that the roles husbands and wives have are biologically determined. he explains this through instrumental & expressive roles
- Intrusmental Role: Husband has an instrumental role which is geared towards achieving succes. They're the main breadwinners.
- Expressive Role: The wife has an expressive role geared towards nurturing and primary socialisation of the family. She is the home maker.
Criticism of Parsons:
-Young & Wilmott (1962) argue men are now taking a greater role in sharing domestic tasks.
-Feminists reject that the roles are biological and argues that it only benefits men.
Young & Wilmott (1973) -They take a march of progress view of the family; see family life as gradually improving improving. Argue that Joing congugal roles are becoming more of the norm.
- Long-term trend away from…