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1 Sociological Perspectives on “the Family”/ Family Facts and Myths Sociology of the Family Prof. Mouzon Lecture 2 Sociological Framework for Understanding Families Focuses on structural sources of family life Close relationship between families and the larger society that shapes them Social inequality is a key determinant of family diversity Sociological Framework for Understanding Families Use of both micro and macro approaches: - Macro : examines the family in relation to the rest of society - Micro : examines the interior dynamics of family life Using two levels of analysis gives us a clearer picture of what families do in society and how society shapes families.
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2 Early Sociological Approaches: Structural Functionalism Views all social institutions (including the family) as supporting the operation of society as a whole. Modernization was thought to produce a certain family formation. Standard thought in the 1950s and 1960s (Talcott Parsons). We have seen a paradigm shift in the last few decades from a structural functional approach to a structural diversity approach . - This perspective views all families in society as shaped through their interaction with social structures. How Social Institutions Affect “The Family” Economy: types of jobs available will shape: - who in the family will work (Mom? Dad? Both?) - the age that people marry - the mobility of families (i.e., deindustrialization) - Anything else? How Social Institutions
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