Feminism And Functionalism

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This essay will look at the similarities and differences between the culture and social organisation of Japan and Britain. It will focus on family and education and how the structures, norms and values relate to Feminism and Functionalism.

When comparing the education system of the British and Japanese, there are many similarities with regards to attendance and general structure. Japanese schools, like the British, have primary, junior and senior schools and children attend for an average of 6 hours per day. The starting age for school does, however, differ. The Japanese school year starting in April, after a child’s sixth birthday. In Britain, the school year starts in September, after a child's fourth birthday
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While functionalists take a positive view of the family, Feminists take critical view. They see families as having a negative impact on women. They do not believe that women are biologically structured to be a mother but that society has constructed this role for them in order to maintain a patriarchal society where men are in control. (Delphy and Leonard 1992). When exploring the families in Japan and western societies, feminists would be more inclined to lean towards western cultures as they do tend to have more equal role in society for women than in the Japanese culture. However, modern Japanese women now question their role in society much more and, from a feminist perspective, equality is working its way through the system and creating more and more rights for women in their society.

In conclusion, there are many differences and similarities between the Japanese culture and the British culture. Both cultures can learn a lot from studying each other's core beliefs and values. Japan continues to work towards equality and Britain respects the dedication and commitment that the Japanese have when it comes to advancements in technology and sports achievements. Not one society can be classed as perfect and each system can learn from the theorists and perspectives rooted in sociology that, individually have flaws but, collectively have many positive attributes that can lead us to a better
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