The Feminist Theory Of Socialization

1532 Words Oct 27th, 2015 7 Pages
Socialisation is the process by which we learn the norms and values of the culture and society around us. The feminist theory’s views these agents to benefit patriarchy and assign hidden gender roles in favour of men; although there are many different branches of feminism (radical, liberal, Marxist and difference) their explanations as to why differ, but all agree that women are exploited to teach the norms and values that precipitate patriarchy and lead to female oppression. They believe this is done through agents such as, the family this is our primary socialisation, which is the first type we have, and then secondary socialisation which includes things such as the media, schools, work place and religion.

First of feminists have disagreed and argued with the functionalist theory of socialisation in the (nuclear) family benefiting society as a whole, Marxists feminists claim that exploitation of women helps in the direction of capitalism, where radical say it’s there to serve men who benefit from the unpaid labour of females, but they all believe that in societies and cultures such as the UK the socialisation process, especially up until the 1970s, was/is a way of supressing and giving women false consciousness of their place in society. Feminist challenge the ideology by functionalist that the nuclear family is the only natural and legitimate form, the family is something that is familiar to us all, and most people consider themselves to be in or part of some sort of…
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