Functionalists believe families have to exists in every society because they meet the essential needs of society and individuals functionalists suggest that the nuclear family is the norm in modern society, where the roles are basically a breadwinner husband and dependant wife and children. Other non-functionalist sociologists have argued, however, that the existence of the nayar, the single matrifocal families common among afro- caribbeans and increasingly common more generally and of gay and lesbian families all suggest that the nuclear family is not in fact universal which in turn suggests that functionalist theories of the. Functionalist perspective of family study play murdock's functions of family (1949) reproductive educational economic sexual reproductive function society requires new members in order to survive family is responsible for creation and nurturing of children functionalist views of the family.
Marxist and marxist feminist criticisms of functionalist theories of the family in the marxist view the family is a part of the superstructure of capitalist society which operates not in the interests of society and all of its members equally but in the interests of the capitalist system and of the capitalist class within that system. Broadly speaking, the functionalist perspective has focused on the functions of the family in society and for its members in other words, it looks at how the family, as an institution, helps in maintaining order and stability in society, and the significance of the family for its individual members. Functionalism the best part of the work carried out in the functionalist perspective comes from talcott parsons who studied the family in the 1960's and made many links between the nature of the family and the structure of the economy.
Family in the 1970s: for functionalists, the family creates well-integrated members of society and teaches culture to the new members of society the conflict perspective the conflict perspective views the family as a vehicle to maintain patriarchy (gender inequality) and social inequality in society. The functionalist perspective, also called functionalism, is one of the major theoretical perspectives in sociology it has its origins in the works of emile durkheim , who was especially interested in how social order is possible or how society remains relatively stable. Functionalist view of the family functionalist view of the family 3 tied in with the evolutionary approach of societal development is the belief that societies’ institutions such as the family will evolve.
Functionalist views of the family 1 examine functionalists explanations of the family (24 marks) functionalists believe that society is based on a set of shared values and norms this is known as a value consensus. In so far as these writers see society as out of control or even gone mad, this may colour their analysis of the family but the functionalist analyses seems also to be influenced by what critics consider to be the functionalists' unrealistically optimistic perspective on contemporary capitalist societies and on the role of the nuclear.
Theoretical perspective major assumptions functionalism: the family performs several essential functions for society it socializes children, it provides emotional and practical support for its members, it helps regulate sexual activity and sexual reproduction, and it provides its members with a social identity.
The functionalist perspective on the family posted on february 9, 2014 by karl thompson functionalists focus on the positive functions of the nuclear family, such as secondary socialisation and the stabilisation of adult personalities.
The functionalist view of the family functionalists believed in a theory that the family is a positive institution they hold the view that meets well with the needs of an advanced industrial society for a geographically and socially mobile workforce functionalists highlight the ideal family type.