The Institution of Work – Wednesday 07/06 – Lesson video


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The Institution of Family – key information.

Key theories:

Functionalist (Murdock and Parsons)

concepts: gender roles (expressive and instrumental), primary socialisation, functions of the family (reproductive, sexual, economic and educative),  stabilisation of adult personalities, mutually beneficial gender roles, nuclear family as ideal…

Conflict (Marx)

concepts: capitalism, safety valve, class reproduction, inequality, power, nuclear family as suited to capitalism…

Feminist theories (de Beauvoir, Oakley, Berger*, Firestone and Crabb**)

concepts: patriarchy, dual burden, domestic labour, emotional work, unpaid work, gendered division of labour, mental load, self-actualisation, inessential, alternative family forms, child birth, marriage, second sex, surveyor, male gaze, wife drought, women entering workforce, “symmetrical families’ (Wilmott and Young, 1972), biological difference/cultural difference, transcendence… 

*Berger’s ways of seeing helps us understand the difference between male and female experience in society and thus their role in family and intimate relationships.

**Crabb is writing recently (2015)

Liquid modernity (Bauman) and Late modernity (Giddens)

concepts: ‘Until further notice’, liquid love, consumerism, intimacy, commitment, fluid sexuality

Final lesson for IP – Tuesday double

Bring everything you will need to completely finish your IP to Tuesday’s double lesson.

I have booked E505. You have three hours of silent time to get it up to scratch.

Get excited.


If you think you have finished, based on the draft you sent, you haven’t. Check your feedback and/or go to the TASC IP guidelines and make sure you’ve done every last thing correctly.

May you have strength,