Tag Archives: Families and Households

Defining the Family

Functionalist Sociologist George Peter Murdock used the following definition of the family as a starting point in his classic cross national study of families in more than 250 societies. ‘A social group characterised by common residence, economic cooperation and reproduction. … Continue reading

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Families and Households in the UK – Social Trends

This post summaries some of the changing trends (and continuities) in family and household structure in the UK, using data from the Office for National Statistics which collects a range of data annually on families and households in the UK The … Continue reading

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The Sociology of Personal Life

   The personal life perspective on the family is essentially an Interactionist perspective and makes two basic criticisms of structural perspectives such as Functionalism, Marxism and Feminism’. Carol Smart is the main thinker associated with this perspective. ‘They tend to … Continue reading

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Marxist Feminist Perspectives on Family Life

Marxist Feminist Perspectives on Family Life Marxists such as Engels and Zaretsky acknowledge that women are exploited in marriage and family life, but they emphasise the relationship between capitalism and the family, rather than the family’s effects on women. Marxist … Continue reading

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The Liberal Feminist Perspective on the Family

The Liberal Feminist Perspective on the Family Scroll down for links to Feminism (an overview), Marxist, Radical and Difference Feminist Perspectives (forthcoming) Jennifer Somerville (2000) provides a less radical critique of the family than Marxist or Radical Feminists and suggests proposals … Continue reading

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Explaining Why so many Young Adults Live with Their Parents

You might like this video version of some of the material discussed below According to the Office for National Statistics, in 2011, nearly 3.0 million adults aged between 20 and 34 were living with a parent or parents, an increase … Continue reading

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Modernity, Postmodernity and The Family

Modernity, Postmodernity and The Family is one of the most difficult topics for students to get their heads around – The first thing to understand is that modernist social theories (Functionalism and Marxism) are OLD – and were theorising about … Continue reading

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AS Sociology 7191 – Families and Households – A Visual Overview

Here’s a quick visual overview of how I’m intending to teach the new (although not that new given the relatively minor changes made) AS Sociology AQA 7191 Families and Households Option. (Click to enlarge/ save). NB – This isn’t in … Continue reading

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Explaining changes to the birth rate

Trends in the Birth Rate and Total Fertility Rate Between 1901 to 2010 the birth rate declined from 29 per thousand to 13 per thousand The Total Fertility Rate has also seen a general decline in the last century, from … Continue reading

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Explaining the Changing Patterns of Marriage

This Post examines sociological explanations for the long term decline in marriage. Some of the reasons examined include changing gender roles, the impact of feminism and female empowerment, economic factors such as the increasing cost of living and the individualisation associated … Continue reading

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