Theories of the family - Postmodernist Theory

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  • Postmodernists refer to the changing nature of society, they believe that nothing is a certain as it once was. Structures like family and social class are breaking down and often being replaced.

  • Number of changing relationships too, such as gay/lesbian relationships, cohabiting heterosexual couples and multiple partner relationships. The idea of the traditional nuclear family is gone.

  • Postmodernists also believe that we are not influenced by class/gender etc. as much as in the pas- people have more freedom in relationships.

  • Society can no longer be explained by grand metanarratives. Marxist, functionalist and feminism are all redundant in the eyes of postmodernists.

  • The personal life perspective believes that instead of looking


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