Sociology of Family

A family is defined as a group of two or more people who are related -- and consider themselves as such -- by blood, marriage or adoption.

If you don't remember or don't know the 4 paradigms of sociology, read this article before continuing on.

According to functionalism, families (or marriage) are a function which socializes, regulates sexual activity, and offers emotional and material security.

Conflict theory, on the other hand, views families (or marriage) as an element which promotes inequality through inheritance, patriarchy, and homogamy (people of same ethnic backgrounds marrying each other).

Symbolic interactionism views families as an intimate arrangement where people go out to find appropriate mates, and then go through the process of family, such as sharing work and responsibilities, together.

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