Marxist Perspective of the Family

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Marxists see capitalist society based on conflict between which social classes?
The capitalist class ( Bourgeoisie) and the working class (proletariat)
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Name some of the institutions which Marxists believe that are maintaining class inequality
Education system, the media, religion and the state
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In Engel's view, what has become essential that has kept class inequality?
Monogamy- because of the inheritance of private property- men had to be certain of the paternity of their children to ensure that they inherited from them
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What are ideological functions?
A set of ideas or beliefs that justify inequality and maintain the capitalist system by persuading people to accept the unfair system
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What does Zaretsky believe?
That the family provides a safe haven away from the harsh realities of capitalism where workers can be themselves and have a private life
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How does capitalism exploit it's workers?
By selling the products the workers made at a higher price than the actual cost of production
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How does exploitation of the workers happen?
1. advertisers urge families to 'keep up with the joneses' 2. Targetting children who use pester power to persuade parents to spend more 3. children who lack the latest gadgets etc. get mocked or bullied
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Name the functions the family perform which maintain the capitalist system
The inheritance of property, socialisation into the acceptance of inequality and a source of profits.
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Give 3 criticisms of the Marxist perspective of the family
1. Assumes the nuclear family is dominant 2. Feminists say there is too much emphasis on social class and underestimates gender inequality 3. Functionalists argues that Marxists ignores the real benefits of the family.
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What are ideological functions?

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