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What has been the effect ofindustrialisationon the family?

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  • Submitted: 21/08/2003
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GCSE Sociology

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What has been the effect of industrialisation on the family?

Family relationships are always recognized within wider kinship groups. In virtually all societies we can identify what sociologists call the nuclear family, two adults living together in a household with their own or adopted children. In most traditional kinship network of some type. When close relatives other than a married couple and children live either in the same household or in the same close and continuous relationship with one another, we speak of an extended family. An extended family may include grandparents, brothers and their wives, sisters and their husbands, aunts and nephews.

Before industrialisation there were a lot more extended families but after industrialisation there were a lot more nuclear families. Industrialisation refers to the emergence of mass production using machinery, based on the use of inanimate power resources (like steam or electricity). The family is viewed from all different angles which are based on the views of functionalists, feminists and Marxists just to name but a few.

The American Sociologist Talcott Parsons who is a functionalist believes that the family only has two main functions left which are primary socialisation

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