Couples - Families and Households

What is Parsons' theory about instrumental/expressive roles?
The husband has an instrumental role (the breadwinner) and the wife has an expressive role (the homemaker).
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How can you criticise Parsons?
Men are now taking a greater role in domestic tasks. Feminists believe that it only benefits men.
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Wha are the two types of roles that Bott recognises?
Segregated conjugal roles (where the couples have separate roles) and joint conjugal roles (where the couple share tasks such as housework).
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What is the symmetrical family?
The roles of husbands and wives, although not identical, are becoming more similar.
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Why has there been an increase in the number of symmetrical families?
Changes in women's position, geographical mobility, new technology and higher standards of living.
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In which type of couple is domestic work most equally shared?
When both the husband and wife work full time.
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In which type of couple is domestic work most unequally shared?
When the husband works full time and the women is unemployed.
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What do feminist sociologist believe about housework?
Couples divide household tasks along traditional gender roles. Women are more likely to do the laundry and the shopping. Whilst men are more likely to do small repairs around the house.
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What is the 'triple shift'?
Housework, paid work and emotion work.
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What is the cultural explanation of the family?
The division of labour is shaped by patriarchal norms and values that shape gender roles in our culture.
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What is the economic explanation of the family?
Women generally earn less than men, so it is economically rational for women to do more of the housework.
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What are the two types of control over family income?
The allowance system - Men gives their wives allowances to meet the family's needs. Pooling - Both partners have access to income and joint responsibility for expenditure.
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What is the feminist view on decision-making?
The inequalities in decision making is due to the idea that men are the decision-makers is deeply ingrained in society and instilled through socialisation.
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Why do official statistics understate the true extent of domestic violence?
Women are reluctant to report it and police and prosecutors may be reluctant to record, investigate and prosecute the cases.
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What is the radical feminist view on domestic violence?
Widespread domestic violence is an inevitable feature in a patriarchal society. They link patterns of domestic violence to dominant social norms about marriage.
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How can you criticise the radical feminist view on domestic violence?
Not all men are aggressive and most are opposed to domestic violence. They fail to explain female violence.
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Wat social groups are at a greater risk of domestic violence?
Young women, working class women, women living in shared accommodation and those addicted to alcohol and drugs.
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