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1

Murdock's 4 functions

Sexual= keeps individuals sex-happy, keeps the sex-crazed out of society

Educational = teaches the individual

Reproductive = keeps society blooming

Economic = people are happiest when they specialize (male/female) in labour, and society is happy too.

2

Who critiques Murdock? (1 person, 2 points)

DHJ Morgan= "too harmonious"
="functions are not necessarily linked with a (nuclear) family.

3

Parsons "basic and irreducible functions"

"Primary Socialization" = through individual sturcturing of personality and internalization of societal values

"Stabilization of adult personalities" = through emotional support and playing child-like roles

4

Parsons critics?

Murdock= too american, no family alternatives are considered

5

What does Parsons say about changing functions?

Macro functions have disappeared: individuals partake in the economy and in education not as "Family roles" but as individuals
However, its two functions are still important and even more vital.

6

Fletcher on loss of functions

Social = still socializes
Welfare of members = aided by state, but still mostly family
Economic functions = unit of consumption, motivation for workers to work

7

Feminists and functions?

Economic function still exists, unpaid labour of housewives (Delphy and Leonard)