Perspectives of the family

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Functionalists:

-Organic analogy - compares society to the Human body.

- Society meets the needs of every member of the family.

- Murdock - 4 fonctions to meet the needs of society:

  •   Stable satisfaction of the sex drive
  • Reproduction of the next generation
  • Socialisation of the young
  • Meeting economic needs

-Parsons:

-Nuclear family - Extended family

-Geographically mobile workforce   - Socially mobile workforce

- 2 functions of the family:

- Primary socialisation - Stabilisations of adult personality

Key theroists: 

Murdock 

Parsons

Marxism

The family are there to meet the needs of capitalism.

-The family enforces hierachy and innequality 

1) Inheritance of property (ENGLES)

2) Ideological functions - socialisation - Eli Zaretsky

3) Unit of consumption

Key theorists:

Engles

Zaretsky

Feminism

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