Families and Households

Sociologists that believe that everything has a purpose and a role. They believe in the nuclear family.
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Sociologists that believe that society is taught to allow class division and to teach their children those value consensus.
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Sociologists that believe the family allows patriarchy to occur and for their children to be then socialised into it as well.
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New Right
The neo-functionalist. They also believe in the nuclear family but unlike the functionalists, they do not agree with the welfare state.
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Conjugal Roles
The roles couples have in their relationship.
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Segregated conjugal roles
When the couple has clear and obvious separate roles with in their relationship.
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Joint conjugal roles
When the couple has equal roles within their relationship that are not gender specific.
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Instrumental role
The fathers role to be the breadwinner. He must provide economically for the family.
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Expressive role
The mothers role to be the homemaker and to bring up their children.
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Biologically determined
Functionalists believe that men and women were "hardwired" to fulfil certain roles within the family so that it could be fully functional on it's own.
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Isolated Nuclear Family
The traditional family; mum dad and children. The functionalists believe that this is the ideal type of family. It must be heterosexual monogamous relationship.
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Symmetrical family
When the domestic and economic work is equally split between the couple.
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March of Progress
The progression towards gender equality.
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Changes in the position of women
Women are able to economic as well as domestic work.
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Primary Sociolistion
When children are first taught about value consensus of the society.
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Domestic division of Labour
The jobs men and women do at home.
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Gender division of labour
Delegated jobs to a specific gender.
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Sex typing
Stereotypical roles for men and women.
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Dual Burden
When a woman can do the economic work but when she comes home she has to also do the domestic work.
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Triple shift
When a women does the domestic, economic and emotion work.
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Emotion Work
A women being the emotional support for a family to rely on.
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Affectionate power
Type of abuse. When one partner in the relationship is controlled without knowing because they are in love.
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When a couple combines their resources to then be spent on needs and wants.
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Male domination
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No dominant gender within a family
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