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- Murdock studied over 250 different societies and found the family to be a universal feature.
- His focus was primarily on the nuclear family: a unit that consisted of a husband, a wife and their children was most common.
- The nuclear family existed in all societies that Murdock studied and performed clear functions for its members and wider society.
Key Functions of the Family
- The nuclear family fulfils the economic function through the man working and providing for his family.
- Their basic needs, such as food, clothing and shelter are earned through the labour of the man.
- Women provided a more domestic role that met the economic needs, often doing unpaid labour at home.
- Sexual Regulation:
- Sexual relationships between men and women within marriage are controlled and regulate sexual urges.