Marxism in the family

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What do Marxists say in general?
Society doesn't benefit all of its members. It benefits the rich and powerful (bourgeoisie) over the poor (proletariat)
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What do they challenge?
Pre-existing consensus accounts of social life. Functionalism neglect issues of power and control in society.
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What do Marxists focus on?
How the capitalist system based on social class, social inequality and social conflict shapes wider society.
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How does the family supportthe economic system?
Through the political role, ifeological role and economic role
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Explain the political role
Families could be seen to maintain political elites. Children of the bourgeoisie maintain this power
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Explain the ideological role
Transmitts the view that capitalism is acceptable through primary socialisation. Children are taught to accept their position in society
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Explain the economc role
The family buys goods and services which help maintain capitalism. It is a unit of consumption. Adults in the family also work which pays for the goods and provides revnue for the government in the form of taxes
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What does Zaretsky say?
He sees the family as necessary to capitalism as a unit of production (reproduce future workers+socialise children into accpeting position in society) and as a unit of consumption (maintaining system through use of the products of capitalism) + SV
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What does Engels say?
Males held ownership of property + human relationships have developed through a number os stages and argued it was the emrgence of private property and th need to own and inherit it that monogamous family developed (emerged with capitalism)
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