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Assess the view that the modern family is losing its fuctions?? PLEASE HELP ME!! watch

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    How do i answer this question. What sociologists can i use

    It's been three-four years, but from what I remember:

    Feminism/ Marxism (Both argue family maintains inequality - but as society has progressed, do patriarchy and class inequality still exist? (Could use liberal feminism here.) If these inequalities do not, then then this function is no longer relevant.

    Consider how the family structure has changed over the years. Functionalists (Murdoch or Parsons, can't remember who) argue it adapts to suit society e.g. extened kinships moved into nuclear families for industrialisation because it could suit the needs better. This could be linked to the aboev point - women don't have to be in an instrumental nuclear family role anymore, restircted to cooking and cleaning. Now there are neo-nuclear families (Chester) and single parent families.

    Where else could this functions be fulfilled? Do modern laws restrict functions? (e.g. education, laws on child abuse whreas before it was common for discipline.)

    Sorry I can't help you with specific people!
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