The Functions of the Family Sociologists

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Murdock
Family performs four essential functions; stable satisfaction of the sex drive, reproduction of the next generation, socialisation of the young and meeting its members economic needs
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Parsons
Nuclear and extended family. Industrialisation has created a geographically mobile workforce and a socially mobile workforce. Modern nuclear family performs two functions; stabilisation of adult personalities and primary socialisation of the young.
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Engels
Monogamy became essential as inheritance of private property came about, this was an 'historic defeat of female sexuality' because women turned into 'instruments for the production of children.'
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Zaretsky
The family provides a safe haven outside the exploitative world of Capitalism where workers can be themselves. This is an illusion as the family cannot meet all its members' needs as it is based upon the domestic servitude of women
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Ansley
Women are 'takers of ****' who absorb male anger aimed at Capitalism (this is the marxist explanation for domestic violence against women)
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Greer
Argues for 'political lesbianism' as heterosexual relationships are naturally oppressive and involve 'sleeping with the enemy'.
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Nuclear and extended family. Industrialisation has created a geographically mobile workforce and a socially mobile workforce. Modern nuclear family performs two functions; stabilisation of adult personalities and primary socialisation of the young.

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Monogamy became essential as inheritance of private property came about, this was an 'historic defeat of female sexuality' because women turned into 'instruments for the production of children.'

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The family provides a safe haven outside the exploitative world of Capitalism where workers can be themselves. This is an illusion as the family cannot meet all its members' needs as it is based upon the domestic servitude of women

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Women are 'takers of ****' who absorb male anger aimed at Capitalism (this is the marxist explanation for domestic violence against women)

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