Marxism and the Family

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  • Created by: Becky
  • Created on: 05-05-13 21:03

Marxism and the Family!

  • Sees the family as part of the framework that supports capitalism. 
  • Argues the nuclear family is teaching its members to submit to the capitalist class, also known as the bourgeoisie or ruling class.

How does the family support capitalism?

  • Reproduces and socialises the next generation of workers to accept the inequalities of capitalist society. 
  • Reproduces labour power. 
  • Consumes the products of capitalism. 
  • Provides emotional relief/support for the workers so they can cope with the harsh realities of capitalism and don't overthrow the ruling class.


  • Believed the bourgeoisie monogamous nuclear family developed to solve the problem…



Cheers, this was really helpful 

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