Asses the Marxist View That the Main Role of the Family Is to Serve the Interest of Capitalism

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Asses the Marxist view that the main role of the family is to serve the interest of capitalism.
Within sociology there are many different perspectives on the family. Each different perspective sees different things as the main role of the family. Marxists view the family in a very disparaging light. They believe that the main role of the family is to serve the interest of capitalism and bourgeoisie. Marxists also believe that the family cushions the main provider.
Karl Marx's view on the capitalistic mode of production highlights the exploitative nature of the economic system. He displays how the bourgeoisie take advantage of the proletariat and their labour, the proletariat are a tool used to create profit and to keep profit margins at
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Marxists also believe that housewives are producing the next generation of the proletariat. This means that more people will be created to fill the jobs of the retiring proletariat.
Marx claims that societies which make use of the capitalistic mode of production are exploitative, and this claim can be proven through his description of the needs of this system and the ways in which the bourgeoisie fulfil those needs. The capitalist mode of production requires exploitation because it relies on the profit created when using the proletariat as labour and the product of that labour is another market at a higher price. Because the means of production, or the technology, machinery, and methods involved in production, are so far advanced, the old mode of production of is no longer a viable option for a member of the proletariat to sustain himself. Therefore, he is bound to the bourgeoisie and is dependent upon it to give payment for his capacity to provide labour.
It is clear by now that Marxist main focus is on the exploitative nature of capitalism and its use of family a tool in order to serve capitalist. Marxism puts across narrow views about what the family should be like and what it is actually like. They pose a strong argument to prove that the main question at hand is in fact true but it all appears to be bias. The main focus is economic exploitation and the idea of patriarchal
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