Impact Of Social Institutions On Caribbean Culture

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Impact of Societal Institutions On Caribbean Culture and Society Objectives • Gain a thorough understanding of the different social institutions: family, education, political systems • Understand the main ideas of the Marxist and Functionalist perspectives • Understand the Marxist and perspective on social institutions Functionalist Social Institutions • Social Institutions are a fundamental part of the operations of society. They are the major organising framework in social life. Social institutions have evolved overtime and therefore embody what the society holds valuable in relation to family, education, religion, the justice system, the economy and health. • Each social institution has functions that ensure the smooth working of…show more content…
Such a perspective cannot accommodate the many diverse forms that exist in the region. However the idea of the “nuclear family” is still held as ideal. The Conflict Perspective on the Family • The family is associated with exploitation, oppression and domination • Nuclear families are seen as products of capitalism where labour has to move to where employment is located, leaving the extended family behind • The employer can exploit workers effectively without this support network in place • The oppressed worker in turn oppresses his wife and children • The nuclear family therefore fits the agenda of the capitalist- sexual division of labour The assigning of roles through the institutional values associated with the family, has contributed to family oppression, abuse and violence which results in an unequal distribution of power that jeopardizes gender relations and even produces generational conflict. The Social Institution of Education • Education as a social institutions contains our deep beliefs and values about what the young should know and how learning should take place • Schooling is seen as the main route to becoming educated The Functionalist Perspective on Education • Education is seen as an agent of “secondary” socialization in society. • Schools are the main mechanism through which secondary socialization takes place. They provide the link between what is taught in the family (primary socialization) and the wider
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