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					2. THEORETICAL
PERSPECTIVES
AND THE FAMILY
3 THEORIES ON FAMILY

1.Functionalism
2.Conflict
3.Symbolic
 Interactionism
Remember

Functionalism:     what is
 the benefit of this group?
Conflict: how are
 subcultures in conflict?
SI: how does this reflect
 our esteem/confidence?
 FUNCTIONALISM
Family plays multiple roles
 necessary for development
 1. Socialization
 2. Socio-emotional
 3. Reproductive
 4. Regulation of sexual activity
 5. Transmission of social status
 6. Economic
1. socialization: family teaches
   children how to behave in
   their culture
2. Socio-emotional: provides
   acceptance and support that
   promotes confidence and self-
   esteem
3. Reproductive: family provides
   an orderly, supportive means
   of procreation
4.   Regulation of sexual activity:
     family enforces norms of society
     in regards to sex
5.   Transmission of social status:
     families provide economic
     resources that help or hinder
     social mobility
6.   Economics: families provide the
     necessities for children and often
     continue to offer financial support
     to adult children
 CONFLICT THEORY
Looks   primarily at how individuals
in a family dynamic compete and/or
cooperate
  Often focus on gender issues
  Current trends: women work
   outside the home; household and
   childrearing roles are more evenly
   split, but still fall heavily on
   women; etc
 SYMBOLIC INTERACTIONISM
 Study  the interactions of family members and
 the meaning of these interactions
   The roles assigned and behaviors practiced
    w/in a household help children to form a
    sense of self
     EX: I pack my husband’s lunch each day

      before he goes to work. He has never
      cooked for me. What does this say about
      our roles?
     EX: I change my child’s diapers. What does
      this say about our roles? Her self concept?

				
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