Marxist views on the role of family


A level


5m 50s
Marxist views of the family are critical, so this podcast explores the way Marxists take a conflict view of the role of the family, exploring general and specific views, as well as examining to what extent these views are still relevant today.

1. Listen carefully to the podcast and make careful notes of key concepts and any key thinkers. 

2. How does the nuclear family reinforce capitalism?

3. What does Althusser mean when he says the family is part of the ‘Ideological State Apparatus’?

4. Identify two problems with the Marxist view of the family.

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