Importance Of Functionalism In The Family

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Register to read the introduction… Functionalists believe that families are the foundation of social order, even though marriages over the decades have been on the decline. Functionalists view societies as having structures that include families, religions, schools, economies, and states; each institution is dependent on each other. “Think of a society as a living organism in which each part of the organism contributes to its survival. This view is the functionalist perspective, which emphasizes that way in which the parts of a society are structured to maintain stability” (Schaefer, 2009).
Then we have the Conflict theory that places focus on the role of the family. “A sociological approach that generalizes about everyday forms of social interaction in order to explain society as a whole” (Schaefer, 2009). Conflict
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A family’s functions are to provide economic support, food, clothing, and shelter. Even though it is very clear what the family functions are, the importance of the family is disintegrating and the execution these functions is lacking.
There is no perfect family. Each family has its own issues, but there is a limit to what is considered acceptable within the family unit. In his book, The Family, Goode establishes that the family can only continue to exist if it is supported by the larger society and that these social systems are interrelated. So the question now is whether the larger society is supportive of the family unit.
The role of the family in socialization is vastly becoming obsolete. There is still the need for the family unit, more importantly in the early development stages. But thereafter; many issues that face most families today and the vast number of other agents available to persons to learn the social norms of society, such mass media, is slowly replacing the need for the family to teach these social

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