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Asses the roles and functions of the family according to the functionalist perspective.

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  • Submitted: 11/02/2009
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AS and A Level Family & Marriage

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Asses the roles and functions of the family according to the functionalist perspective.

Talcott parson (1953.) argues that the nuclear family is the best type of family structure for society. The family ensures that children get "primary socialization", witch teaches them the central values of their society. He describes the family as factories that produced human personalities, after these "human personalities are produced" they would have to be maintained through the "stabilization of adult personalities". "Primary socialization" and "stabilization of adult personalities" help the wheels of society turning. But could these "cereal packet families" be dysfunctional, and their patriarchal view cause abuse.

Most functionalists believe that the family is a stepping stone of society. It is apart of societies "organs system" that help societies function as a whole. Functionalist study of the family deals with the role that the family plays in maintenance of our social system. Functionalist sees it as very important and with out it society could fall apart. This is because families meet the basic need of society for example they create the next generation of work force.

"The family is a social group characterized by the common residence, economic co-operation and

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