Functionalist + new right view of the nuclear family

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Functionalist view

  • Parsons (functionalist) sees that there is a 'functional fit' between the nuclear family and modern society. A nuclear family is both geographically and socially mobile and therefore meet the needs of society.
  • Parsons also sees the nuclear family performing two functions - the socialisation of children and the stabalisation of adult personalities.
  • As the nuclear family is the best, other family types are seen as abnormal.

New right view

  • They are conservative/anti-feminist
  • They are opposed to family diversity
  • There is only one correct family type - the traditional nuclear family 
  • The nuclear family is natural and based on biological defferences between men and women
  • The decline of the traditional nuclear family and the growth of family diversity


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