Family Dynamics And Family Structure

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Dear Dr. Parsons,

As a structural functionalist, you mainly study specific societies by classifying the major structures of society and then asking the question, how does this matter. When studying these families, however, you undertake that this society blossoms when it is able to maintain social stability and social integration. Social stability however is valued over changes in time, not just immediately. This topic of family dynamics and family structure seems to be of great importance to you, and to be honest, quite important to me as well. To understand your views on the ideal family form, two assumptions must be made. First, agricultural societies had simple social structures and the typical individual performed a variation of tasks. Secondly, industrial societies had more convoluted social structures where one person performs specified and concentrated tasks that contribute to the whole picture. The nuclear family started to be considered, as the ideal adaptation to surviving in an industrial society. It consisted of a father, mother, and their children. The traditional agricultural family consisting of family members that weren’t close, extended, did not seem purposeful for the industrial society as a whole. The agricultural family was distant because older family functions such as families playing smaller roles in making goods, providing personal care and healthcare, relaxation activities, and education were all ignored by the family as a whole. Overall, these
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