Functionalist View Of A Social Institution

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INTRODUCTION In this assignment social institutions, work and the economy, marriage and family, social media and religion are going to be discussed at length. This essay will argue that not all the perspective might be correct or acceptable and thus a critique will be given. The aim is to explain these social forces with regards to the sociological perspectives, namely, functionalist, conflict and symbolic interactionist perspectives. SOCIAL INSTITUTIONS In sociological term, ‘‘institutions are a set of regular behaviour patterns that are associated with a particular sphere of our lives that is structured by a set of rules.’’ Gelderblom (2003) there are 4 types of institutions, namely: family, education, religion and economy. FUNCTIONALIST …show more content…

This can be done through the distributions of social grants or retirement packages, water and electricity, basic health care, housing and provision of jobs will keep the society stable. The society can only function if it has order and in most societies, it is done through court of law, by incarcerating those who do not abide by the rules or by handing out fines. Those that work in the army and the police services bring about order during unanticipated attacks. above all else, people need to have a sense of purpose for belonging in a grou Marriage is defined as the formal union of a man and a woman, by which they become husband and wife Oxford English Dictionary for students, (2013: 3rd Ed.). There different types of families as well as different types of marriages, of which some people may find totally unacceptable or completely agree with the setup, because we all come from different backgrounds and our grooming …show more content…

The functionalist perspective states that families reproduce and raise the next generation by teaching them ways of reciprocating the process. The children inherit and show a model of rearing, through a relationship that is sexually monogamous and child rearing. Families raise and protect their children, they care for them and teach them the ways of life from a tender age in terms of cultural or social values and norms. In a way we can say that the basic rules of conforming were instilled in us from a very early stage, so being deviant to our culture and social values and norms is a result of external

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