Discuss and Evaluate the Functionalist, Marxist and Feminist Ideologies of Contemporary Society

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Discuss and evaluate the Functionalist, Marxist and Feminist ideologies of contemporary society In this assignment, I am going to briefly explore the definitions of Functionalism, Marxism and Feminism and how their ideologies affect contemporary society in Great Britain. In doing so I will give examples that expand upon the definitions and illustrate that such ideologies are evident and still have an impact on the society we live in. Functionalists believe that all elements within a society interconnect and work together. They compare society to a human body where everything is useful and needed. Even things like crime have a purpose, which through Functionalists rose tinted glasses is that it creates jobs for policemen etc. It is…show more content…
Finally the last ideology is Feminism. Feminism is a sociological perspective that involves various movements, theories, and philosophies which are concerned with the issue of gender difference, advocate equality for women, and campaign for women 's rights and interests. The history of feminism can be divided into three waves. The first wave was in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, the second was in the 1960s and 1970s and the third is from the 1990s to present. Feminism has changed perspectives in a wide range of areas within Western society, ranging from culture to law. Feminist activists have campaigned for women 's legal rights ,for women 's right to bodily integrity and autonomy, for abortion rights, and for reproductive rights (including access to contraception and quality prenatal care); for protection from domestic violence, sexual harassment and rape; for workplace rights, including maternity leave and equal pay; and against other forms of discrimination. In the news recently there has been lots of talk about the glass ceiling which is an imaginary term used to describe the invisible barriers that exist within organisations and which block women from attaining senior executive positions. A recent survey by the Chartered Management Institute found that it would take women 187 years to achieve equal pay with men, judging by the current rates of progress towards closing the earnings gap. Its annual salary

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