Evaluate the functionalist theory of the family Essay

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Evaluate the functionalist theory of the family

In this essay, I intend to analyse some of the theories behind the functionalist perspective of the family, it is my intention to look at two main theorists in this field, Murdock and Parsons. I to analyse their theories and give objective argument for the pros and cons of the functionalist family. I intend to break this down by looking at the theorists separately and then looking at arguments against the functionalist family.

Sociology, second edition by Giddens 1993, states that functionalism is a theoretical perspective based on the notion that social events can be explained in functions they perform, that is the contribution they make to the continuity of society. Breaking this down
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Parsons felt that families were essential for the purpose of creating human personalities. He defined the family group as factories, as he felt that primary socialisation could only be acquired with warmth, security and mutual support, and this could only be achieved within

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