Sociology

GP Murdock
Murdock studied 250 societies and found that the nuclear family was a universal family type. The family has four functions: sexual, reproductive, economic and education.
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Talcott Parson
Talcott Parson agrees with Murdock however he says that the family has two basic functions: 1) the primary socialisation of children and 2) the stabilisation of adult personalities.
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Talcott Parson 2
For Parsons’ women’s role in the family is an ‘expressive role’. What he meant by this is a woman’s familial role is to provide care, love, affection, security and all the necessary emotional support a family member might need.
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Talcott Parson 3
In contrast for Parsons’ men have an ‘instrumental role’ as the bread winner. Such a role is very arduous and is such a stressful, anxious challenge that it can cause men to breakdown. Therefore a woman’s function is to relieve this burden or tension
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Leach (1967)
Cereal Packet Family:The image of a traditional nuclear family that is presented by the media as an ideal family type.
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Talcott Parson agrees with Murdock however he says that the family has two basic functions: 1) the primary socialisation of children and 2) the stabilisation of adult personalities.

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Talcott Parson

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For Parsons’ women’s role in the family is an ‘expressive role’. What he meant by this is a woman’s familial role is to provide care, love, affection, security and all the necessary emotional support a family member might need.

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Card 4

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In contrast for Parsons’ men have an ‘instrumental role’ as the bread winner. Such a role is very arduous and is such a stressful, anxious challenge that it can cause men to breakdown. Therefore a woman’s function is to relieve this burden or tension

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Card 5

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Cereal Packet Family:The image of a traditional nuclear family that is presented by the media as an ideal family type.

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