What is the Functionalist View of the Family?

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What is the Functionalist view of the family?

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Functionalists adhere to the principle that a society creates a value consensus; or shared norms and values among its members which facilitates cooperation and harmony to meet societal needs and shared goals.

They regard society as a group of inter-dependent sub-systems that depend on one another for functional success and sustainment.

Think of this like the vital organs of the human body working to keep a person whole and alive like the heart, lungs and brain. For example, in society the family, education system and economy are dependent on each other to achieve the functional goal to socialize children as society sees fit.

If you would like to expand your knowledge on the Functionalist perspective then visit our Sociology of Crime and Deviance section.

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