Family - Marxism


Marxists believe that the family is a tool of capitalism and its main function is to maintain capitalism and reinforce social inequalities.

Economic base - the base comprimises the forces and relations of production into which people enter to produce the necessaties and amenities of life

Functions of the family:

Inheritance of wealth:


The isolated nuclear family means that men are able to confirm when a child is theirs and can ensure that wealth stays within the family through private inheritance. This helps to maintain capitalism as wealth isnt distributed amongst the community

Cushioning effect:


similar to Parson's Warm bath theory - the family acts as a comfort from the stresses and strains of society. However, Zaretsky believes that the family allows a man to feel in control and powerful which they dont feel in…


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