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Hey guys, Basically I've been given some AS Sociology homework from my tutor (It's a 24-marker!) and I'm a little stuck and wanted to know if you guys could help me out with it, the question is:

What is the functionalist view of society? Assess this view in relation to the family. (24mks)

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Talcott Parsons (a functionalist) said that the family had two main functions in society.
the first one is primary socialisation (socialisation during early years of childhood). It involves two processes: internalisation of society's culture and structuring of the personality. He also says that families are "factories" which produce human personalities. Primary socialisation requires context of warmth, security and mutual support and only the family provides this.
The second function is stabilisation of adult personalities. This puts emphasis on marriage, relationships and the emotional security provided within a family. The family provides a context in which adults can express their childish whims, receive emotional support, recharge their batteries and so stabilize their personalities. There is criticisms of Parsons view, these being; 1) family is far from complete 2) accused for idealizing the family 3) forgets about child abuse and domestic violence 4) based largely on the American middle-class family which he treats as representative of American families in general.
If you have work on these expand on them in your essay as this is brief.
There is also the Murdock functional view of the family in society. He says that the family preforms 4 main functions; the sexual function, the reproductive, the economic and the educational function. He says these are essential for social life.
remember an essay needs an introduction (only small), the main body and a conclusion.
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(Original post by alixsaunders)
Hey guys, Basically I've been given some AS Sociology homework from my tutor (It's a 24-marker!) and I'm a little stuck and wanted to know if you guys could help me out with it, the question is:

What is the functionalist view of society? Assess this view in relation to the family. (24mks)

All help - MUCH APPRECIATED!
write about parson from this presentation...
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(Original post by alixsaunders)
Hey guys, Basically I've been given some AS Sociology homework from my tutor (It's a 24-marker!) and I'm a little stuck and wanted to know if you guys could help me out with it, the question is:

What is the functionalist view of society? Assess this view in relation to the family. (24mks)

All help - MUCH APPRECIATED!
Hey, I`m doing AS sociology as well…so I hope I can help. When answering an essay like this, it helps to have a plan: even if it`s just a brief bullet point list in your head, This way, you can structure your answer better. It is good if you have done Sociology GCSE, as it would help with the knowledge and understanding bit of the question. But, if you have done GCSE, make sure you DO NOT write the essay like you would have done back then, as the skills assessed are different. Since the question asks strictly for Functionalism, don`t stray into different perspectives too much when describing, but do that in the analysis. Functionalism has a positive approach to society – it is a consensus theory: they believe that everything in society is there for a reason and each little thing helps build up the bigger picture – not unlike the different organs in the human body. In relation to the family, they believe that it has a number of roles: offers primary socialisation, financial and emotional care, reproduction, etc. You would have to describe these in a little more detail and perhaps give examples in your essay. If you`ve been given a textbook, look in that for more help. Erm……when writing your essay, make sure you keep referring back to the question and that you are indeed answering it. Have a look at mark schemes/example essays to help and make sure that the idea of family and functionalism is present throughout your whole answer. And of course, if you really are stuck, then ask your teacher. They will probably help more, but I hope this gives you some assistance
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I managed to get the hang of these and that's only with practice, so basically make sure you give clear and precise knowledge, but don't copy it out from the textbook make sure you know it, add in a few exanples as well they'll Gove you good understanding marks, and make sure after every point you refer back to the question and oh yeah make sure you read the question carefully and highlight key words, also use criticisms of the functionalist view as that would help, any more tips feelfree to ask me as I've been there at as and now I'm at a2 which is kind of a step up with info
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(Original post by alixsaunders)
Hey guys, Basically I've been given some AS Sociology homework from my tutor (It's a 24-marker!) and I'm a little stuck and wanted to know if you guys could help me out with it, the question is:

What is the functionalist view of society? Assess this view in relation to the family. (24mks)

All help - MUCH APPRECIATED!
(Original post by 123stephanie)
Talcott Parsons (a functionalist) said that the family had two main functions in society.
the first one is primary socialisation (socialisation during early years of childhood). It involves two processes: internalisation of society's culture and structuring of the personality. He also says that families are "factories" which produce human personalities. Primary socialisation requires context of warmth, security and mutual support and only the family provides this.
The second function is stabilisation of adult personalities. This puts emphasis on marriage, relationships and the emotional security provided within a family. The family provides a context in which adults can express their childish whims, receive emotional support, recharge their batteries and so stabilize their personalities. There is criticisms of Parsons view, these being; 1) family is far from complete 2) accused for idealizing the family 3) forgets about child abuse and domestic violence 4) based largely on the American middle-class family which he treats as representative of American families in general.
If you have work on these expand on them in your essay as this is brief.
There is also the Murdock functional view of the family in society. He says that the family preforms 4 main functions; the sexual function, the reproductive, the economic and the educational function. He says these are essential for social life.
remember an essay needs an introduction (only small), the main body and a conclusion.
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(Original post by London_Grammar)
Hey, I`m doing AS sociology as well…so I hope I can help. When answering an essay like this, it helps to have a plan: even if it`s just a brief bullet point list in your head, This way, you can structure your answer better. It is good if you have done Sociology GCSE, as it would help with the knowledge and understanding bit of the question. But, if you have done GCSE, make sure you DO NOT write the essay like you would have done back then, as the skills assessed are different. Since the question asks strictly for Functionalism, don`t stray into different perspectives too much when describing, but do that in the analysis. Functionalism has a positive approach to society – it is a consensus theory: they believe that everything in society is there for a reason and each little thing helps build up the bigger picture – not unlike the different organs in the human body. In relation to the family, they believe that it has a number of roles: offers primary socialisation, financial and emotional care, reproduction, etc. You would have to describe these in a little more detail and perhaps give examples in your essay. If you`ve been given a textbook, look in that for more help. Erm……when writing your essay, make sure you keep referring back to the question and that you are indeed answering it. Have a look at mark schemes/example essays to help and make sure that the idea of family and functionalism is present throughout your whole answer. And of course, if you really are stuck, then ask your teacher. They will probably help more, but I hope this gives you some assistance
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I managed to get the hang of these and that's only with practice, so basically make sure you give clear and precise knowledge, but don't copy it out from the textbook make sure you know it, add in a few exanples as well they'll Gove you good understanding marks, and make sure after every point you refer back to the question and oh yeah make sure you read the question carefully and highlight key words, also use criticisms of the functionalist view as that would help, any more tips feelfree to ask me as I've been there at as and now I'm at a2 which is kind of a step up with info
i am doing Families and Theory & methods for AS level.
do you have any powerpoint slides or notes for Unit 1 Families & Unit 2 Theory & Methods?
thanks.
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I have notes, but not not at AS level because we are doing education...erm...the best place is to look online, loads of people would have posted helpful stuff...make your own notes though, so you actually understand. Hope this helps! XxX
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