Reflections of Sociology and Family

Reflections of Sociology and Family
Stephanie Rose
Introduction to Sociology 101
Prof.Ruffner
February 13, 2013

Reflections of Sociology and Family
          All families use theoretical approaches, whether they realize it or not. The functionalist theory to keep a family running smoothly, the symbolic interaction helps with constructing meaning and interactions in thing that happen every day. The conflict theory allows for everyone to have an opinion and opens lines of communication. When families take the time to reflect on these three theories, functionalist, symbolic, and conflict, they open the door to understanding each other better and having a happier, more productive life together.
    The theoretical approach, by functionalist, held that all social structures (institutions or stable units of society) exist because they fulfill some specific functions (Vissing, 2011a). Family, for example, has many functions within itself, whether it is a traditional family, mother, father, and children or a non-traditional family, such as, same sex marriages or a couple living together. Each person has responsibilities in their unit to make it stable. In today‚Äôs economy, one or both parents may have to work in order to support the family, to provide a safe and secure home. If one of the parents can stay home, whether it is a stay at home mom or a stay at home dad, someone has to be the cook, housekeeper, tutor, chauffeur, and bookkeeper etc. At least one person has to work outside the home to make money to pay the bills, buy clothes, food, and medicine etc. The children may have chores to help keep the home clean and when they are old enough they may have to take turns cooking. Children, also, have the responsibility of doing their school work. Someone is responsible for the yard work that needs doing. Each person has a job to do with in a family unit. As long as the family works together, they can have a happy home. The functionalist would call this the manifest...