Family Structure in Society
Family Structure in Society

Family Structure in Society

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In sociology, the family is the basic unit that makes up the society. The family usually perform the socialization process of the child which eventually determines stability, continuity, values, and norms of the overall society. Thus without the family unit, then the society is at risk of existence. It is thus of undeniable importance that the family unit is analyzed deeply in order to understand the society (Bales & Parsons,2014). By analyzing my family relevant to this study, it is then possible to bring out firsthand information about family sociology and the interrelationship between the family and the society.

According to Lamanna, Mary, Agnes, & Susan, (2014) the family consists of individuals who are related by marriage, blood or adoption. From sociological theories on families, a family can either patriarchal or matriarchal. In this case, my family is a patriarchal family which the father is the overall authority. In this pre-modern society, however, my father’s authority has become limited day by day as most of the decisions made in the family are as a result of discussions and compromise between my mother and father. There are no more absolute and exclusive decisions by my father. My family tends to display structural functionalism whereby when we collaborate with each other, anything is achievable and each and every one is satisfied. If disagreements persist, there is always a danger of divorce occurring (Lamanna, Mary, Agnes, and Susan,2014).

The interrelationships within my family are normal but tend to take after those of the larger societies that are considered ideal. In addition, the interaction and interrelationship with the extended family are also an important aspect of my family as my parents and th

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e grandparents promote close relationships among the cousins, uncles, and aunts (James & Prout,2015). This has been promoted by the ever dynamic telecommunications and social media platforms that help us communicate often. The extended family gathering mainly occurs during celebrations including birthdays and school graduations. However, there are some of my aunts and uncles who do not seem to be prepared to have children which has led to quite a few cousins and increased number of adopted cousins.

The economic setup of the family is nothing to overlook. According to the conflict theory, the nuclear family resulted from the rise of private property. In relation to my family, both the male and female members are all involved in economic activities especially salaried work. However, there is always an issue of balancing work and family life. My family economic life tends to portray Marxist theories on capitalism. This in relation to overall society seems to contribute to the class system in the society.

References

  • Bales, R. F., & Parsons, T. (2014). Family: Socialization and interaction process. Routledge.
  • Bott, E., & Spillius, E. B. (2014). Family and social network: Roles, norms and external relationships in ordinary urban families. Routledge.
  • Clark, S. C. (2001). Work cultures and work/family balance. Journal of Vocational Behavior, 58(3), 348-365.
  • James, A., & Prout, A. (Eds.). (2015). Constructing and reconstructing childhood: Contemporary issues in the sociological study of childhood. Routledge.
  • Lamanna, Mary Ann, Agnes Riedmann, and Susan D. Stewart,2014. Marriages, families, and relationships: Making choices in a diverse society. Cengage Learning.
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