Summary : The first article, “The Family in Question”, illustrates the functionalist view of the family and details Murdock’s definition of the family by examining the four functions: common residence, economic co-operation, reproduction, and sexuality. Gittins points out the flaws in this functionalist definition of the family and gets to the root of why we study families and trends in the family, even though a universal definition is impossible to construct. “Values, Policy, and the Family” by Furstenburg emphasizes the view on marriage, how we need to try to make it more attractive, the recent stray from the nuclear family, and the overall effect that families have on societies and vice versa. Even though marriage may be viewed differently and there has been change in marriage over the years, people still desire to get married. Therefore, we need to improve the attraction of marriage and support those who need it so that the desire to stay married will not diminish. By supporting low-income parents and directly caring for childrens’ well-being, marriage should become more attractive and marriages would last longer. “Historical Perspectives on Family Diversity” by Coontz examines the history of the family but
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