Social-Interaction Theory And Macro-Conflict Analysis

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Define and summarize each of the sociological theories discussed in this chapter.
According to Macionis (2015) (12.3) The sociological theory to issues of family life can be explained and defined as follows 1) Structional-functional theory views the family as the foundation for all societies, families are how societies regulates reproduction of children, families create a safe and stable environment for these children and families create units of economic cooperation which provide emotional support in the world. 2) Symbolic-Interaction theory a micro-level approach views the family not as a societal institution but as an ongoing interaction of individuals. In this perspective, how people understand themselves and each other reflect on the outcome of their relationships. Children raised with love and steady parental guidance develop a positive self-image while children raised with criticism may end up developing a strong level of self-doubt. Married couples may either build a relationship of intimacy or they may live unconsciously without establishing personal identities and expressing personal feelings to one another. The interaction of individuals
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3) Social-Conflict Analysis a macro-level approach shares with the structional-functional theory the idea that the family is an important part in the operation of society. However, it does not highlight the benefits of family life it instead focuses on ways the family is linked to patterns of social inequality. Especially ways the family can benefit some categories of people while and the same time be a disadvantage to others. 4) Feminist Analysis an important dimension of social-conflict analysis focuses on gender stratification. Gender stratification is the unequal distribution of wealth, power, and privilege between men and women. (Macionis 2015). This inequality works against women
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