Applied Sociology Within the Family Essay

1160 Words Aug 25th, 2010 5 Pages
Applied Sociology within the Family Applied sociology is a part of everyday life. Families experience sociological changes when parents get divorced, a new job is taken, or they get discriminated against. Most people may not think of family as a small society, micro level society, within itself. All families have a hierarchy of power beginning with the head of the household which tends to be the father. The way a family forms its own small society is interesting. Family roles have change dramatically. Fifty to sixty years ago, families were merely based on the degree of precision and the roles performed by the parents. Now days the primary family roles which were initially the husband’s responsibility such as income, household repairs, …show more content…
An example of a regulation for socialization is a family’s set time every week to get together and discuss issues, talk about happenings, and communicate to one another on a one-on-one basis. Socialization with each individual of the family also provides an understanding of what potential impacts the outside influences may cause to the function of the family unit. By performing this “family meeting” on a weekly schedule provides the basis for another trait that that helps form the family, ritual. Enduring the ritual also leads to the sanctioning trait of the family. Sanctioning can be determined within a family meeting by reading the actions and expressions of one’s body language to the comments given from others family members. This then allows for the determination of the behavior within the society as a whole. With the society sanction determined, conclusions can be made for the segregation of parts of the society. Depending on the outcome, parts of the society may need to be segregated to perform specific tasks. Doing this allows the family functions to stay balanced. If any one of these components become stressed, the family functions as a whole can be impacted and possible broken. Although one family member may be the root cause of the stressed trait, the family overall must adapt and use methods of applied sociology to overcome the potential threats. There are several methods presented in the article that

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