Sociolo of Family Essay

2961 Words Nov 30th, 2013 12 Pages
The role of men and women in a family are not explicitly defined and vary vastly from across many countries. In Iran for example, men’s roles are normally more valued and rewarded than women’s roles.

This research report will outline the basic assumptions about families prior to any feminist changes and explain the rationale for this. It will then discuss the initiation of the feminist movement and the way in which it affected the roles within a family and the structure of a family. The report will analyse the implications of feminism and discuss the types of feminism, which have affected the basic assumptions of families. In order to fully understand the challenges feminist have posed, the report will consider the importance of
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(Talcott, P. 1956 cited in Giddens, A. 2009). This clearly illustrates the defined and separate roles within a family that men and women have.

Furthermore, John Bowlby (1953) also argued that the mothers have important roles in their children’s lives. If the mother is absent or if the child is separated from his or her mother then they are more likely to suffer from maternal deprivation, therefore this means that the child will have a lack of socialisation in the future. (Giddens, A.2009). This reinforces Parson’s view and emphasises the distinct and selective role of a female within a family. (Bowlby, J. 1953 cited in Giddens, A.2009)

The structure of the family and the roles within a family has dramatically altered and developed over time. A key movement, which promoted this change, was the feminist movement. Delmar (1986) sees feminism as three aspects; a feminist is someone concerned with: discrimination against women, unsatisfied needs of women and the necessity for radical change (or revolution) if these unsatisfied needs are to be met. (Delmar 1986 cited in O’Donnell. 1992)

Feminism began in the western world in the late eighteenth century and has been divided into three waves. The first wave occurred between 1890 and 1920 when several women attempted to win the vote concerning women suffragettes. The impact of feminism did not develop or impact upon the domestic sphere until the second wave of

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