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Criticisms of the Marxist approach.

Which of these do you think might be legitimate criticisms of the Marxist perspective on the family?
  1. It stands or falls on the validity of the overall theory of which it is a part.
  2. It doesn't take sufficient account of women's increasing participation in the workforce.
  3. It is based on a rigid view of the family that underestimates the variety of family forms.
  4. It fails to locate the family within the wider structure of society.
  5. It presents an over-idealised picture of family life.
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Answer.

1. It stands or falls on the validity of the overall theory of which it is a part. 2. It doesn't take sufficient account of women's increasing participation in the workforce. 3. It is based on a rigid view of the family that underestimates the variety of family forms. While the first three of these might well be legitimate criticisms of the Marxist perspective, it is at least a theory that examines the relationship of the family to the wider structure of society and – unlike, for example, the New Right approach – does not idealise the family under capitalism.

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