What is Emile Durkheim's fuctionalist view? Watch
murdock stated the family had 4 functions: sexual, reproductive, economic and educational.
Parsons then narrowed this to 'two basic and irreducible functions'
1. Primary socialisation
2. The stabilisation of adult personalities ( which is accomplished an isolated nuclear family by the fact that the stress of work is counterbalanced by the warmth security offered by the nuclear family)