Dark Side Of Family

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“Assess the view that the family benefit all its members” The view that the family benefits all its members is associated with functionalist theories of the family. Murdock and Parsons are good examples of positive views of the family, such as views have come under heavy criticism from those who look at the negative side of family life, and see the family as “dysfunctional” or harmful to its members- radical feminists for example point to the issue of domestic violence. Radical feminists believe that violence against women within the family is a form of power and control. “Violence was used by the men they lived with to silence them, to “win” arguments, to express dissatisfaction to deter future behaviour and to merely demonstrate dominance” Dobash and Dobash found that most women who left violent partners returned in the end out of fear of being stigmatised. Radical feminists are criticised for overemphasising the power of men, People believe that it overemphasises the place of domestic violence in family life. Functionalists argue that most families live in peace. Postmodern theorists argue that individuals have much more control over family relations. I personally believe that Functionalists only see the positive side of family life; functionalists believe that family life is full of love, support and harmony, when more times than none it’s the opposite. Many families these days have a number of issues whether is domestic violence or child abuse. Sociologists study the issue of child abuse by parents and carers in terms of power relationships. “A parent or carer is able to abuse a child by manipulating the responsibilities and trust which goes against the responsibility of a parent or carer. Families are private and separate from the rest of society. This makes it less likely for children to report abuse. Physical harm is not the only thing that
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