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Marriage and family Marriage and family are considered as a permanent legal and social relationship based on mutual obligation among married people. Unions always have different social functions which are most prominent within cultures and societies. Most marriages dictate the role that each spouse plays in a family. In the western world, heterosexual and monogamous marriages are mostly considered as the norm in most places, including the United States. The change in cultural standards, laws, and practices for what marriages and families are is a reflection of a social construct (Holyoak, 2018) . North Americans, for instance, accept monogamous marriages more than any other. However, some cultures and countries around the world recognize polygamous marriages and families. Symbolic interactionist views the world in terms of symbols and considers a family itself as a symbol. Interactionist states that marriages and families are not objectives but a group of role players that are together to play out their parts to construct a family. Functionalism says that

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