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Examining Family 1 Running head: EXAMINING FAMILY (<= 50 CHARACTERS) Examining Family Using Sociological Theories Andrea Mason SOC101: Introduction to Sociology Instructor: Marian Spaid-Ross August 30, 2010
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Examining Family 2 Examining Family Using Sociological Theories Family plays a major role in the lives of everyone. In order for us to thrive and learn, family must stay involved in our lives to help mold and develop us as individuals. Family not only teaches you how the world works, but they also help us with survival and life skills. Family in Sociology: A Brief Introduction by R.L. Schaefer is defined as: A group of people related by heredity, such as parents, children, and siblings. The term is sometimes broadened to include related by marriage or those living in the same household, who are emotionally attached, interact regularly, and share concerns for the growth and development of the group and its individuals. Even though the media raises a lot of children now, family plays an important role in our everyday lives because you learn rules, structure, and discipline and they help raise you. In this paper, I will discuss how three theories, fundamentalism, conflict, and interactionism relate to family. The first theory we will analyze is fundamentalism and how it applies to family. “Fundamentalists are not just religious conservatives; they are conservatives who are willing to take a stand and to fight” (Marsden, 2006). Fundamentalists have strong religious beliefs and strong family ties. Family is essential for fundamentalists and they generally raise their own families with the same strong wills that they themselves believe. Although family is a vital part of their lives, their religious views are often overshadowing. Their religious beliefs are often very straight forward and their family is raised by the word of the church. Fundamentalism applies to family in that they have to have family in order to continue their beliefs and to gain respect of others. According to M. Marty and S. Appleby in The Fundamentalist Project: Fundamentalisms and Society : Religious fundamentalism has appeared in the twentieth century as a tendency, a habit of mind, found within religious communities and paradigmatically embodied in certain representative individuals and movements. It manifests itself as a strategy, or set of
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Examining Family 3 strategies, by which beleaguered believers attempt to preserve their distinctive identity as a people or group. The next theory I will analyze in the conflict theory and how it applies to family. “Conflict and struggle promote human social existence by ensuring that the strongest of a species survive (Darwin, 1859/1958; Malthus, 1789/1894)” (Werner-Wilson, 1993). The conflict theory suggests that we need conflict in life in order for changes to occur and for issues to be resolved.
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