Functionalist Theory of the Family ¨They believe society has certain basic needs for it to continue into the future successfully. ¨They believe a successful society is underpinned by social order and economic stability. ¨ ¨Social institutions makes sure this continues by:
- transmitting values, norms, etc., to the next generation in order to reproduce consensus and therefore the culture of society
- teaching particular skills in order that economy – the engine of society – operates effectively
- allocating people to family and occupational roles which make best use of their talents and abilities.
• They believe the family play a major role in achieving these goals. • The family is the cornerstone of society by making its members feel apart of society as a whole. • The family meets the needs of emotional stratification, social support, identity and security. • They see the family as extremely functional – its existence is paramount to the smooth running of society and the personal development of its individuals. Criticisms of Functionalism’s Theory ¨They believe society…