Key Sociological Thinkers




  • Pre-industrial society was characterised by the extended family. As a result on industrialisation, this was replaced by the isolated nuclear family. 
  • Whereas the extended family 'best fitted' the needs of pre-industrial society, the isolated nuclear family is seen as 'best fitting' the needs of an industrial economy. 

Goode supports Parsons because of:

  • Increased geographical mobility
  • Increased social mobility
  • A decrease in the functions of the family
  • A move from ascribed to achieved status

Goode disagrees with Parsons though that the nuclear family was caused by industrialisation…




The extended family was an important source closest gas station to me right now  of mutual aid in the harsh social conditions of early industrial society