The Marxist perspective on family

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The Marxist perspective on family
1 Society is based on unequal conflict between two social classes:
1.1 The Proleteriat
1.2 The bourgeoisie
2 The family benefits capitalism only
3 Functions of the family
3.1 Inheritance of property
3.1.1 The bourgeoisie have to be certain of legitimate heirs
3.1.2 Women became 'a mere instrument of production of children'
3.2 Ideological functions
3.2.1 Ideology - a set of belies or ideas that justify inequality and maintain the capitalist system by persuasion that it is fair, natural or unchangeable
3.2.2 Socialising children to accept figures of authority and hierarchy
3.2.3 Zaretsky: the family is an apparent 'safe haven' from harsh and exploitative world of capitalism outside but it is merely an illusion
3.3 A unit of consumption
3.3.1 Urges families to keep up with all the latest products
3.3.2 Media targets children who use 'pester power' to persuade parents to spend more
3.3.3 Children who lack these goods are bullied
3.4 Criticisms
3.4.1 Ignores the variety of family types
3.4.2 Feminists: they put too much emphasis on capitalism and not the exploitation of women
3.4.3 Functionalists: ignores the beneficial aspects of family - intimacy
4 Mode of production (who owns and controls society;s productive forces) determine the structure of social institutions

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