Structural Functionalist Marriage

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The Structural Functionalist view marriage as essential to society and its wellbeing. According to the Functionalists marriage is universal in its fulfillment of six needs of society: Economic production, Socialization of children, Care of the sick and aged, Recreation, Sexual control, and Reproduction.
In the view of Functionalists marriage helps with the taboo of incest also helps avoid role confusion, ensuring people look OUTSIDE the family for sexual/marriage partners. Exogamy (looking outside ones’ immediate social structure), helped forge alliances between tribes, nations, and cultures. Henry VIII marriage to Katherine of Aragon of Spain is one such example, another is between tribes of indigenous people in the Amazon today. In the
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