Functionalist Views of the Family



  • Believe that society is based on a value consensus - a set of shared norms and values.
  • Argue that shared norms and values are vital to hold society together and maintain social order.

Organic Analogy:

  • Compare society to a biological organism like the human body.
  • Argue that society works in the same way.
  • Agents carry out important functions to contribute to society.


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