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Functionalism and Marxism are both macro and structural theories and they both have very comparative views on family but at the same time, they both have contrasting views for example, both functionalism and Marxism both talk about reproduction but by th

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Question: Compare and Contrast the Functionalism and Marxism Views on Family Answer: Functionalism and Marxism are both macro and structural theories and they both have very comparative views on family but at the same time, they both have contrasting views for example, both functionalism and Marxism both talk about reproduction but by the end of their view, they have a contrasting end result. Functionalism and Marxism both believe that reproduction will benefit society but the end result between the two is contrasting. Functionalism sees that reproduction will benefit society as reproduction help create bonds between child and parent and that the child will be more stable because of the parents which contrasts with the Marxist view on reproduction as reproduction will benefit society by housewives producing and raising the next generation of workers. ...read more.

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and how nuclear family is the ideal family which is comparable to Marxism as Marxism would say that Functionalism overemphasises the positive aspects of family and ignores all the negative aspects of family for example, abuse, domestic violence etc. An additional view which Functionalism and Marxism have a comparable view is about the economy but as before, they both have a contrasting view regarding the end result. Functionalism sees that both the family and the economy can benefit each other as the family helps the economy by being consumers and the economy benefits the family by having jobs on offer but however the way in which Marxism has a contrasting view that Marxism sees that the family helps the economy by housewives producing and raising the next generation of workers at no cost to the economy (capitalist class). ...read more.

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which contrasts to a Marxism key contributor called Cooper who says that the family's delivery of primary socialisation promotes the idea that, capitalist ruling class power over workers is normal and acceptable. Overall, in conclusion, both Functionalism and Marxism start off with a comparable view with a contrasting end purpose. Functionalism and Marxism have a lot of the same ideas but emphasise on different aspects of institutions that help support the ruling class which helps the capitalist stay in power whereas in contrast to Functionalism as they emphasise the family as social institutions which helps maintain consensus. There are not a lot of contrasting views between Functionalism and Marxism but one the main ones is patriarchy (male dominance) as Marxism and Feminism are both male stream theories. Another contrasting view between Functionalism and Marxism are that both theories don't pay much attention to the individual. ...read more.

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