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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Radical feminists want the patriarchal system to be overturned, in particular the family, as they believe that’s the root for women’s oppression. They want to achieve this by separating men and women through ‘political lesbianism’ where women create a lesbian community. However, liberal feminists such as Jenny Somerville (2000) believe that radical feminists fail to recognise that women’s position has improved considerably; for example, better access to divorce, job opportunities, able to choose marriage or cohabitation. Finally Difference feminism argue that we cannot generalise women’s experiences in this way. They believe that all women have different experiences such as lesbians have different from heterosexual, and white women to black women and so on. However other feminists argue that this approach neglects the fact that, despite the differences, women share common problems and experiences.

functionalists that see nuclear families as a benefit to the society and see the family as a particularly important sub-system, a basic building block of society .Murdock’s functionalists idea of nuclear families was that he thought they would benefit all members of society; He argues that the family preforms four essential functions to meet the needs of the society and its member, which are: Stable Satisfaction of the sex drive, Reproduction of the next generation, Socialisation of the young, Meeting its members economic needs. He argues that the sheer
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