Marriage, Families and Intimate RelationshipsConflict and Feminist PerspectivesFunctionalist view is inadequate and idealized—families are sources of social inequality, especially reinforcing the inequality of women—Feminists attack patriarchy view and many women resist male domination—only 15% of US families are supported by a sole male earner but the model persists—men begin to construct ideas of masculinity (as a role or norm) –women economic power leads to overall challenges within the family, and within society—independence is a good quality for feminists, but not for functionalists—since families involve domination, there are inherent problems, leading to domestic violence, for exampleIs the word “family” equivalent to “unequal power”?Is family an authoritarian structure? Is it necessarily so?Both Henslin and Hochshild use housework as a demarcation—who does what, how much and with the changes in society, women work, in effect, a “second shift”—creates both emotion/physical strains, and role strains as well—look at p. 316 for male
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individual family members, symbolic interactionist perspectives, sole male earner, women economic power