Chapter 9: Families
IS “THE FAMILY” IN DECLINE?
• Nuclear family: consists of cohabiting man and woman to main a approved sexual relationship
and have at least one child
• Traditional nuclear family: same shit as above just the wife works without pay at home the
hubby is bread winner.
• Functionalist view
o The thinking the decline of the family is because of the “working mother” and crime rate
and all that bad shit is because kids don’t grow up with a stay at home mother.
• Conflict and feminist view
o Families have been structured in many ways and there are varies family forms
o Changing these forms doesn’t always mean devastation I peoples lives sometimes the
change is an improvement
FUNCTIONALISM AND THE NUCLEAR IDEAL
What is the functional theory?
• The nuclear family proves a basis for five main functions:
1. Regulated sexual activity
2. Economic cooperation
5. Emotional support
• Polygamy: expands nuclear family horizontally (but who wants a shit load of wives.. one is more
• Extended family: expands nuclear family vertically ( adding spouses family to household)
What does the historical anomaly in 1950’s
• Once it was easier to divorce the divorce rate started to increase where marriage rate started to
CONFLICT THEORY AND FEMINIST THEORIES
• The entry of women into the paid labour force and legalization of contraceptives have changed
POWER AND FAMILIES