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AS Unit 1 - The Family

5) Has the family lost its functions?

Families in pre-industrial Britain had a lot of functions and responsibilities, however recently some sociologists argue that the family has lost these functions.

The case for the view that the family has lost its functions – Since industrialization many of the functions the family used to do has been transferred to other specialized institutions. For example, the NHS now looks after the family’s health were previously the family would have done so.

The case for against that the family has lost its functions – Sociologists such as Fletcher and Shorter say the family hasn’t lost its functions. They argue that due to a higher standard of living and less poverty parents are in a better position to care for the family and therefore they can carry out the functions better.

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