To What Extent Argue That the Family Isto Society? Essay

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Introduction To what extent do sociologists argue that the family is beneficial to society? Families are crucially important to society without doubt. Most British people are born into families and then raised by a family. Most of these very same people grow up to form families of their own and take the responsibility of being a parent. Many people see the family as the normal way of life and watch television programs which revolve around family life. For many the nuclear family has always been viewed as the proper way to bring up children and to live life. However, the subject of families is much deeper than many think. But is the family beneficial to society? Different groups have different views on how beneficial the family is to society. Functionalists, who traditionally dominated the sociology of the family, feel that the family is necessary for the running and continuation of an integrated society. It is assumed by functionalists that if there is the existence of a social institution, then it must have a purpose or a function. Functionalists therefore see the family as beneficial for society. To functionalists, society is an 'organism' that contains different segments which come together to keep society running smoothly. They argue that the family interrelates to other social institutions. ...read more. Middle Another view from Marxism is that the economy benefits from the family as the family produces new workers for society. A Marxist writer, Engels, has two main points to his argument. Firstly, that the family serves the requirements of the capitalist economy and secondly that the family prevents women from achieving equality both inside and outside the home. Engels felt that women were oppressed by the family. Women were dependant on their husbands economically and were expected to keep faithful to their husband. However it was regarded as

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