Key Terms for Theories of the Family

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Bourgeosie
The ruling class
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Conflict Theory
Society benefits certain social groups at the expense of others
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Consensus theory
Society benefits all members equally
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Culture of Dependency
Where poor people become dependent on the state
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Expressive Role
To provide emotional support usually by females
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False Consciousness
When someone or a group of people fail to recognise that they are being exploited
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Functional Fit Theory
Is the idea that the family and its functions will adapt to 'fit' the needs of the society in which it is found
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Individualisation Thesis
Traditional structures have lost influence and we have the freedom to chose how we live our lives to meet our own needs
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Instrumental Role
To provide financial stability usually by males
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Malestream
The focus has been put on the concerns of men
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Neo-Conventional Family
A dual earning family in which both partners work
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Negotiated Family
Partners enter on an equal basis and negotiate to ensure that the family works because otherwise, people are likely to leave
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Organic Analogy
Functionalists comparison between society and the human body
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Patriarchal
Male dominated
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Proletariat
The working class
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Pure Relationship
The pure relationship is based on confluent love and if their needs are not being met, they are free to leave
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Ruling class ideology
When everyone is socialised into one set of beliefs, norms and values
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Separatism
Division of the sexes
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Social Action Theory (micro)
Believes that individuals influence society
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Social Order
The maintenance of a stable society
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Social Solidarity
A sense of belonging and community
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Stabilisation of Adult Personalities
The function is to provide comfort and emotional support for its adult members and to allow adults to indulge in childish behaviour as they play with their children
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Structural differentiation
The changes in society that mean that changes occur in functions of institutions
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Structural Theory (macro)
Society influences individuals
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Underclass
People who become work-shy
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Value Consensus
When everyone shares the same norms and values
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Warm Bath Theory
Suggests family life is like a warm bath - family life relieves pressures just like a warm bath soothes and relaxes
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Conflict Theory

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Where poor people become dependent on the state

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To provide emotional support usually by females

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