Functionalism and the Family

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  • Created on: 09-05-13 20:39

Functionalism and the family- the basics!

  • Also known as the biological model.
  • Sees society as having different parts that all function together, keeping society moving.
  • Some functionalist theories are based on the idea that societies need value consensus- agreement about norms and values- in order to survive. These theories are also known as consensus theories.
  • Functionalists assume that if an institution (like the family) exists, then it must have a function or purpose that contributes to maintaining society.
  • As a result, the family is seen to perform functions that benefit the memembers and society as a whole.


  • Said the family is found in all societies and…


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