Consensus Theories Of The Family

1112 Words 5 Pages
There are several different theories in sociology and each theory serves a purpose. The purpose of theories are to structure the way subject matters are thought of and discussed, to create a pattern for a set of facts and lastly to generate ideas for further research and understanding. In terms of theories relating to the family, there are two very old perspectives and several newer theories. The consensus perspective is as the name describes – a consensus. There is a shared common expression of norms and values and it focuses on stability instead of change. The breadwinner-homemaker family model is an example of this theory in use as it examines American family life in the 1950’s. This is when there is an employed father, and unemployed mother and their children. This family model was challenged when immigration to the United States began and there was a change in social order. In contrast, conflict theory takes another view on the family structure. It does not see harmony between the two parents work as the basis for the family as an institution. This view argues that opposition and conflict in these two roles are necessary for the success of a family. Unlike the consensus perspective, however, this …show more content…
The theory seeks to understand and reduce inequality between men and women because the inequality ultimately plays a role in family life. The feminist theory explains that gender perspectives are no longer consistent and that race and ethnicity (as well as social class) affect gender roles and family life in general. On the other hand, there are also contemporary feminists that believe that the traditional breadwinner-homemaker model is necessary in ethnic families. With ethnic families who have immigrated to the United States, the family arrangement exists because both are united in the common goal of surviving in a new country. This idea of familism serves as the basis for the family as an

Related Documents