Essay on The Functionalist View of the Family

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The Functionalist View of the Family It is undoubted that functionalism has contributed to the general understanding of the family, even if you don’t believe the functionalist view-point to be correct, it still plays an essential part in the topic of sociology by simply being there to conflict the Marxist view of the family. The functionalist view of society makes the assumption that every society has a range of basic needs. Functionalists would say that if these needs are being met then the society is functioning and it is more likely to survive over a longer period of time. Functionalist view is considered to be a consensus theory because it tends to accentuate the “need” for…show more content…
The main point of Parsons views are that he believes the family still keeps two main functions, the first function according to Parsons is: The primary socialisation of children, this is widely believed to be the most important part of the socialisation process. Parsons says that everyone must learn the shared norms and values of society for there to be any form of consensus, if consensus did not exist then parson argues social life would not be possible. If this is taken one step further and societies shared norms and values are internalised and instilled into the younger generation then consensus is achieved and continues. Is possible for this to happen in every family though? Parsons seems to of have ignored that in a number of families (this tends to be a minority), the functionalist interpretation of what are the correct norms and values are not passed on. This may be due to the parents, parent or guardian believing that a different set of norms and values are right; this is called a sub-culture. The second main function of the family according to Parsons is: The stabilisation of adult personalities, Parsons believed that unstable people and personalities can cause conflict within
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