Functionalist Perspective On Family

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Contents INTRODUCTION. 2 METHODOLOGY 3 DATA EVIDENCE AND ANALYSIS. 4 EVALUATION OF DATA 5 CONCLUSION 5 REFERENCES 6 INTRODUCTION. Traditional Definition of Family Social unit of people related through marriage, birth, or adoption who reside together in sanctioned relationships, engage in economic cooperation, socially approved sexual relations, and reproduction and child rearing. Contemporary Definition of Family Primary group of people—usually related by ancestry, marriage, or adoption—who form a cooperative economic unit and care for any young who consider their identity to be attached to the group; and are committed to maintaining the group. Functionalist Theory Perspective of Family Meet the need to socialize children and reproduce new members. Functionalists view the family as a nuclear family and assume that the family is a positive beneficial institution in which family members receive unconditional love, nurturing and care. They believe that society is based on consensus, meaning we are all socialised to agree on how to behave, thus reproducing norms and values. Functionalists look at society on a macro scale. They believe that each part of society has a function to make sure that society runs smoothly and everything stays in harmony, for example, education has a function to make sure that people are educated to be good at the job they will get after school. Conflict Theory Perspective of Family Reinforce and support power relations in society. Feminist
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