Family Perspectives Essay example

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My Perspectives on Family

SOC 101: Introduction to Sociology

August, 2, 2010

After countless hours of researching The Functionalist, Conflict, and Interactionist Perspectives, I now see just how similar and how very different they are in relation to family. Society is given to separation based on personal beliefs, functions, color, creed, etc. The given perspectives show how societies as a whole view their socialistic status.

The three given perspectives are divided among groups who feel we all work together in an assembly-line fashion to achieve a common goal, groups who feel that we only succeed through struggles with one another, and groups who feel that we as a society need both goals and struggles in order to succeed as
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The second is segregation which separates the parts of a society that are found to function better when removed, and separated from the whole. The third area is ritual which refers to actions that are repeated, typical interactions for the society in a certain situation. Sanctioning is the fourth area. This area is the one on one interaction of reading another person’s actions and expression’s to determine the appropriate behavior within the society.” (Anonymous (2007) Pg. 2)

“Some people believe that the family is the most important social institution because it is our first encounter with socialization processes. From a sociological perspective, the family is not only viewed as an institution, but also as a social system and a social group.” (Eshleman, J.R. (2000) Pg. 380). “While it is true that the family unit in the United States is no longer a major economic producing unit, it is a significant economic consuming unit. It is useless to argue whether or not one economic function is more important than the other. In the same vein, while the family has lost some conspicuous, educational, and religious functions, the majority of children still hold the same religious, political, and social class beliefs similar to those of their parents, suggesting a formidable socialization function in the family.” (Martinson, F.M. (July 2001) Pg. 375).

“Having a close family connection can be vital for both physical and mental health. It can also be important for society to.

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