Essay One Social Institutions - Social Structure in...

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Social Structure in Relation to a Social Function Page 1Social Structure in Relation to a Social FunctionKaty RichardsonSimpson College
Social Structure in Relation to a Social Function Page 2The family is a very influential part of everyday life. It can mean different things to different people and is not well defined. Family could mean a union between a heterosexual man and a heterosexual woman, it can be a blended race family, or even a union between a gay couple and adoptive child. Family influences not only the individual, but the culture in which we live. A constant reliable trend is that the family is constantly changing and adapting to help the individual adjust while society adapts.The purpose of a social function is to enable the individual to adjust and society adapt. Culture is constantly changing and adapting, and because of that we must change and adapt in return relying on our culture as our primary adaptive mechanism. A key example of a social function is a wedding. Its manifest purpose is to bring two people in union in the form of a celebratory act. Its latent function is a preventative act of cheating by placing claim on your mate. Manifest functions being the intended and recognized functions, whereas latent functions go about unrecognized and unintended. The individual adjusts to a different form of relationship, and marriage adapts our society into one of monogamy.Marriage as a social function is also constantly adapting. Who is now considered a family may not have been considered one in the past. It may have even been illegal to become one, such as interracial

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