The Symmetrical Family
Functionalism - a consensus perspective that sees society as based upon shared values in which members are socialised. It sees sociey as like an organism, each part performing function s ot maintain the system as a whole, e.g. the family and education system perform socialisation functions
- Insturmental role - the breadwinner or provider in the family. Functionalists see this as the man's role.
- Expressive role - the caring, nuturing, homemaker role in the family. Functionalists argue that women are biologically more suited to performing this role, something rejected by feminists
Conjugal roles - where the couple have seperate roles, e.g. a male breadwinner and a female housemaker/carer (as…