Theories of the family functionalism

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Positive views on the familiy.
The family performs essential functions for individuals and society.

Murdock:
Argues that the family is a universal institution (it exists everywhere). The family performs 4 essential functions;
- Socialisation - Socialises its young into societies norms and values.
- Economic - Meets members economic needs such as shelter and food.
- Reproduction - Reproduce the next generation, without society could not continue.
- Sexual - Stable satisfaction of the sex drive with some partner,

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