Marriage/Chana Miller Essay

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Chana Miller
0524226
TESC- Apr. 2013
Marriage and the Family
SOC-210-OL010
Ron L. Shamwell
Chaniabrams@yahoo.com
(404) 849-0093
WA1

Chana Miller
0524226
TESC- Apr. 2013
Marriage and the Family
SOC-210-OL010
Ron L. Shamwell
Chaniabrams@yahoo.com
(404) 849-0093
WA1
Fully explain and concisely illustrate two (2) of the "Theoretical Perspectives on Families" discussed in your text (pp. 37–49). Use families presented in television programs, the movies, novels, or the Bible to illustrate the selected perspectives.
The functionalist perspective focuses on stability and cooperation and emphasizes the importance of the family in maintaining the stability of society. The functionalist theory states that marriage is a
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al. 2011).
Historically, television has promoted a traditional family model with wise parents, little serious conflict, and mostly conforming behavior. Families on television during the 1950s and much of the 1960s talked with each other, and parents always helped their children through adolescence. Although the 1970s had a number of sentimental portrayals, such as “Little House on the Prairie” or the still popular “Brady Bunch,” it also experimented with more diverse relationship patterns in such favorites as “All in the Family” and “The Jeffersons.” In “All in the Family.” family members were likely to ignore, withdraw, and oppose one another, in addition to showing support and caring. (Fleahman et. al. 2009)
During the 1980s, “The Cosby Show” dominated public perceptions of family portrayals with an enviable family. Primetime soap operas such as “Dallas” and “Dynasty” explored the seamier side of extended families. The end of the 1980s saw a more cynical view of the family in such comedy hits as “Roseanne” and “The Simpsons.” By the 1990s family relationships were again portrayed more positively in terms of psychological health on shows such as “Family Matters” and “Home Improvement.” (Fleahman et. al. 2009) Although conflicts in family programs have increased rapidly from the late 1970s, family members almost

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