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In what ways are families good for society?

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´╗┐In what ways are families good for society? Alex Bird A family is often defined as the monogamous marriage between a man and a woman with the addition of their child or children within their own home. However, there are very different ways into how to describe what a family may mean to different cultures of society. According to Parsons (1995), the husband plays the key role of providing for the family financially through the success brought from work. They are the core of the family and how the family is going to cope as life progresses. However, on the other hand, the wife are according to his theory the reason for the structure of the child?s socialisation and also most preferred to be a full time housewife in order to make sure the children are looked after, both physically and emotionally. Children are an important factor in a family as they are the next generation of people to be born and the reason why a couple or marriage is bonded together in the first place. ...read more.


A most important aspect of their life is during their education when it is a necessity for children to behave in a socialised environment. However, not all children are the same as they are all different in personality; this is a natural cause from the genes of their parents. Therefore, it is important to train a child with the right method. If they aren?t trained early on in their life, then the chances of them behaving in the way that is expected of them from others is harder as they grow older. There are three stages to socialisation, according to Parsons? empirical research and they are primary, secondary and tertiary socialisation. The first level of socialisation comes at the first stage of a child?s life when they are developing personality characteristics, beliefs and values based on their upbringing. The secondary socialisation level occurs when an individual is learning about what is acceptable and what is not acceptable. It usually occurs at the adolescence stage and this helps the child to become more aware of what the larger society expects of them. ...read more.


It is about love, care and protection. In the sense of being a family, this is a natural human instinct to have as a family member; therefore as we get older, we take this instinct into the larger society and show others that we try to help them. This is because it is what we like to do or it could possibly be the explanation of empathy for another individual. It is a fact that over 1 million people care for more than 1 person, and this statistic, by 2037, is expected to rise significantly. As a conclusion as to why families are good for society, they are the reason why individuals grow into the people they eventually turn out to be in the society that they live in. This really means that their behaviour and attitudes to life itself will have a positive impact on both themselves and the people within the society. The instincts to care for others will play a significant part in society later on in their life, with the positive upbringing from their parents being a major factor. * Socialisation http://sociologyblog-parsons.blogspot.co.uk/ ...read more.

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