Theories of the family Quick Fire Q's

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List the four functions of the family that Murdock identifies.
Stable satisfaction of the sex drive; reproduction of the next generation; socialisation of the young into society’s shared norms and values; meeting its members’ economic needs, such as food and shelter.
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How does the family perform an ideological function, according to Marxists?
It socialises children into the idea that hierarchy and inequality are inevitable and offers an illusory ‘haven’ from the harsh and exploitative world of capitalism outside.
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Give two criticisms of the Marxist view of the family.
It tends to assume the nuclear family is dominant in capitalist society and ignores the wide variety of other family structures found in society today. It underestimates the importance of gender inequalities within the family.
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Explain the difference between Marxist feminism and radical feminism.
Marxist feminists see capitalism as the main cause of women’s oppression, whereas radical feminists see men as the main cause.
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What is meant by a 'bottom up' approach to the family?
An approach focusing on the meanings that individual family members hold and how these shape their actions and relationships
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Give three examples of relationships that some people regard as 'family' but are not based on blood or marriage.
Any three of the following: relationships with friends; fictive kin; gay and lesbian chosen families; dead relatives; pets.
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