Family Through the Different Sociological Perspectives

Family through the Different Sociological Perspectives
Gina Ruggiero
SOC 101
Instructor Peggy Morrison
October 14, 2013

  I. Introduction
All families are unique and different in their own ways.   Decades ago, the most common type of family was the mother and father living with their unmarried children.   Today, families are vastly different from how they have been in the past, including more single-parent households, stepfamilies and adopted families, domestic partnerships and grandparents taking on the role of parents to name just a few.   Whatever type of family you have, there are different perspectives in which to view the family; the functionalist perspective, the conflict perspective and the symbolic interaction perspective.   Each of these perspectives upholds different views and opinions regarding the family that vary greatly; however, the family still remains one of the most important social institutions in our society.   Family is a basic, primary social unit consisting of parents and their children whether living together or not (Vissing, 2011).   While every family is unique, there are similarities and differences within each family no matter what perspective lens you are looking through.   Functionalist, Conflict, and Interaction Theories are the three main sociological theories and each theory defends different types of assumptions and certain ways of understanding a social institution, or action.
  A. Thesis Statement-The purpose of this paper is to discuss the family as a social institution from all three main, unique perspectives; to include how each theory affects the views of the individual who is part of the family, how each theory affects the approach to social change within the family and how each theory affects the views of society within this social institution.  
  II.   Body Paragraph # 1-Topic Sentence # 1- The functionalist perspective focuses on the functions of the family in society and for its members and is a highly...