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Marriage and Family

Marriage and Family - Marriage and Family Functionalist...

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Marriage and Family 04:03 Functionalist Families meets the needs of society Regulating sexual behaviors and procreation Reproducing new members Socializing children Providing physical care, psychological support and emotional security  Marriage is mutually beneficial exchange between partners Rapid social change causes family disorganization (breakdown) Other institutions increasingly perform the functions of the family Symbolic Internationalist  The construction of meaning within families How is family defined? What is the experience of family members? How do family members negotiate relationships? Families emerge as people interact relationships Shape social identities Change as people develop new understandings of family life  Conflict Families reinforce and support power relationships in society Are units through which property and social status are acquires Essential to creating and maintaining inequality Are sites for conflict and diverse interests Vital to capitalism
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