Soc 101-Family Through Different Sociological Perspectives

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Running Head: FAMILY THROUGH DIFFERENT SOCIOLOGICAL PERSPECTIVES

Family Through Different Sociological Perspectives

Stephani Marlow
SOC 101
Instructor Marian Spaid-Ross
Jan 15th, 2012

All families are unique. A few decades ago, the most common type of family was the mother and father living with their unmarried children. Today, families are vastly different including more single-parent households than ever before, stepfamilies, and adopted families, and grandparents raising their grandchildren, as well as young married couples having to move back in with their parents because they do not have the money to afford their own living arrangements yet. Whatever type of family you have there are different perspectives in which to view it,
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The fifth function families perform is Affection and Companionship. In an ideal and perfect situation, the family provides it's kin with a caring environment and close, trusting relationships which in turn make the family members feel secure, safe, and happy. Although, way to often, individuals view their family home as unhappy and or abusive. Still, family members expect their kin to care for them, be understanding, and to be supportive to them in a time of crisis. An example would be with my own mother, when last week, although she has barely spoken to her mother or other family members in five months, she told me that if she had a big problem she would go to her mother because she knows that her mother would give the best advice. Families, no matter what may tear them apart they will almost always find their way back together. Although individuals may find family-like friendships and relationships at school or at work the basic family unit is still almost always the tighter group. The sixth and final main function a family provides is Provision of Social Status. Every baby, when they are born have come into an ascribed status based on their family's reputation and background, as well as the reputation of any siblings. For example, children that are close together in age will attend high school one right after the other and the teachers will likely already have an idea of what the younger sibling