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Using the item and your own knowledge, assess the contribution of feminist sociologists to the understanding of family roles and relationships

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1. Using the item and your own knowledge, assess the contribution of feminist sociologists to the understanding of family roles and relationships. When understanding the roles of the family and relationships there are many different views. Feminist take the negative view of the family and argue that relationships and the family are gender based. An example of the idea that relationships are gender based is the fact that women do most of the domestic labour. This is referred to in item 2b. Feminists also argue that we live in a patriarchal society. The 3 types of feminists (Liberal, Radical and Marxist), all take different views. Liberal feminists fight for more equality between men and women. ...read more.


They believe capitalism has lead to increase of conflicts between the sexes and that introducing communism would solve this. Under capitalism women are and exploited for free labour in the home. This also shows a negative view. The similarities between the 3 different feminists views is that they all agree that men have more power than women and are more controlling. However there are some differences between the roles. Each view has a different argument about the negative of the family and relationships. However all views include the wrong doing of men. Anne Oakley a feminist, found that less than 15% of husbands helped there wives with domestic labour. ...read more.


Elizabeth Bott came up with the two roles in a relationship, the expressive and the instrumental. The instrumental role is the male role, which earn a living for a family. A breadwinner was a common job taken on by this role. The women would therefore take on the expressive role which is doing the domestic work. This was also known as the homemaker. These roles show inequality amongst men and women. It also shows the negative view of relationships and the family and is therefore similar to the feminist argument. It also shows men having more power than women and also the oppression of women. Overall there are many different views of the family and relationships. Each have different views and some are positive and some negative. Rachael Foster ...read more.

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