Functionalist Perspective of the Family

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What does George Murdock does indicate that the family must perform?
He argues that the family must perform 4 basic functions :sexual, reproductive,economic and educational
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What is Murdock's argument for the functions of the family?
He argues that the family's functions for society are inseparable from its functions for it's individual members.He gives an example of the sexual function satisfying the needs of society through reproduction and sexual gratification for the spouses
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What is the significant criticism of Murdock's argument ?
D.H.J Morgan argues that Murdock doesn't seriously consider whether the fucntions can be performed by other social insitutions and he doesn't examine alternatives to the family.
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What else does Morgan criticise ?
He argues that Murdock takes a rose-tinted view on the family and fails to realise any sources of conflict like patriarchy
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What other functions does Talcott Parsons suggest that family must have?
He argues that there two irreducible functions : Primary Socialisation and Stabilisation of adult personalities
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What is primary socialisation?
It refers to the socialisation during the early years of childhood such as learning to talk which mainly takes place within the family
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What is the criticism of Parsons' argument ?
He fails to recognise any alternatives to the family like Murdock. He also fails to see that primary socialisation can be a two way process rather than one.
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He argues that the family's functions for society are inseparable from its functions for it's individual members.He gives an example of the sexual function satisfying the needs of society through reproduction and sexual gratification for the spouses

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