Assess the View That the Nuclear Family Functions to Benefit All It Members and Society of a Whole
A nuclear family is universal and is defined as a two generational grouping; consisting of a father, mother and their children, all living in the same household. The idea of the nuclear family was first noticed in Western Europe in 17th century. The concept that narrowly defines a nuclear family is essential to the stability in modern society and has been promoted by modern social conservatives in the United States and has been challenged inadequate to describe the complexity of actual family relations. In this essay, I shall be assessing the views that the nuclear family functions to benefit all its members and society as a whole, from a …show more content…
From a Marxist perspective, it can be argued that the nuclear family does not function to benefit all its members and that society as a whole doesn’t benefit either. Rather from this perspective the Capitalist economy and the ruling classes are seen as the main beneficiaries with men of whatever class, benefiting better than women.
Whilst Marxists see the nuclear family as a prop to capitalism and patriarchy, feminists look at the gender aspect of oppression and argue that the nuclear family preserves patriarchal ideology with a domestic