Family Roles and Relationships: Examining the Contribution of Feminist Sociologists

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Using material from Item 2B and elsewhere assess the contribution of feminist sociologists to an understanding of family roles and relationships.

In this essay I will be assessing the contribution of feminist sociologists to an understanding of family roles and relationships. There are different roles in families such as: Conjugal; where both the partners share task such as housework and childcare, the opposite of this would be segregated roles; where the couples have separate roles, the male is breadwinner and has the instrumental role and the female is the housewife and has the expressive role. A dual earner is a couple…. A single parent is a person who has been divorced or been widowed and has to take care of the children they had
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This was a typical and traditional view on any ordinary family in the past. Parson had thought of this idea through ‘biological’ differences, meaning women have naturally nurturing roles and men are the providers; basically, where the male has the instrumental role of being the breadwinner and the female having the expressive role of being the housewife and doing emotional work.. Like Murdock, Parson also viewed the functions nuclear family performed depending on what society type they lived in. Parsons renowned two types of family structures; first one as the nuclear family which we know of and secondly ‘extended family’, this is where 3 generations live under one roof. The type of function will be affected by the type/structure of the family. Parson argues that the family types and its functions will fit the needs of its society; however parson set the society into two basic types: Modern industrial society and Tradition Pre-industrial society. According to parson, he thought that nuclear families would fit and be dominant in the modern industrial whereas extended families would fit in pre-industrial. This was the ’functional fit’ theory of parson.

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