functionalists and family

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  • functionalists and the family
    • parsons
      • socialisation into norms and values of society
      • stabilisation of adult personalities (warm bath theory)
      • the nuclear family functionally fits into society
        • geographically mobile , move to areas of more jobs
        • socially mobile , achieve higher jobs through meritocracy
      • family perform 2 basic and irreduciblefunctions (structural differentiation)
    • murdock
      • stable satisfaction of the sex drive with the same partner
      • reproduction of the next generation
      • socialisation into norms and values
      • meeting economic needs
      • family is a universal institution


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