Assess Sociological Views of the Functions of the Family Both for the Individual and for Society
Ronald Fletcher talks of how in the past, individuals often had very little choice in who they married, and at a time when the family was also a unit of production, marriages were often contracted largely for economic reasons. But nowadays family life is far more complex, With the introduction of health, education and housing policies in the years since the industrial revolution has steadily lead to the development of a welfare state that supports the family in performing its functions more effectively. Criticisms of Fletchers few are common. His vies makes the assumption that all members of the family benefit from social policies, whereas feminists argue that the policies often benefit men at the expense of women.
Marxist theorist Frederick Engels thinks that the capitalist class created the monogamous nuclear family in order to protect inheritance and private property to in turn benefit the wealthy bourgeoisie.In his eyes,