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Unformatted text preview: often, children out of wedlock Pessimists view change of family as weakening of family, change is bad and do not want government involvement in family Optimists (Liberals) view change as good, people can leave an unhappy marriage, recognize change and respond to it state child care, etc. Marriage is treated by all that study as a social institution Institution social unit, performs important function to society; has roles and rules. EX: government, church, healthcare, education, economy Family Institution oldest, universal institution in society; performs functions (functionalist view): provides values, learn language, provides emotional security, instills culture in children, produces children responsible for raising next generation of society Concerned with changes in institution and thus changes in guidelines and roles...
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- Fall '08