- Pre-industrial society was characterised by the extended family. As a result on industrialisation, this was replaced by the isolated nuclear family.
- Whereas the extended family 'best fitted' the needs of pre-industrial society, the isolated nuclear family is seen as 'best fitting' the needs of an industrial economy.
Goode supports Parsons because of:
- Increased geographical mobility
- Increased social mobility
- A decrease in the functions of the family
- A move from ascribed to achieved status
Goode disagrees with Parsons though that the nuclear family was caused by industrialisation…