Family as the Basic Structure of Society and its Dynamic Structure

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Seven (7) pages essay for Sociology 1001 Family as the Basic Structure of Society and its Dynamic Structure Style: APA References: 5

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Family as the Basic Structure of Society and its Dynamic StructureAgents of socialization are the persons, groups, or institutions that teach us what we need to know in order to participate in society (Kendall, 2012, p. 89). Throughout our lifetime, we are exposed to socialization agents and we have an influence on those socializing agents and organizations. Family is the most essential agent of socialization in all societies (Kendall, 2012, p. 90). Families vary in size and structure. Some families reflect changing patterns of divorce and remarriage, and an increasing number are made up of same-sex partners and their children. Over time, patterns have changed in some two-parent families so that fathers, rather than mothers, are the primary daytime agents of socialization for their young children.Theorists using a functionalist perspective emphasize that families serve important functions in society because they are the primary locus for the procreation and socialization of children. Most of us form an emerging sense of self and acquire most of our beliefs and values within the family context. We also learn about the larger dominant culture and the primary subcultures to which our parents and other relatives belong. Families are also the primary source of emotional support. Ideally, people receive love, understanding, security, acceptance, intimacy, and companionship within families. The role of the family is especially significant because young children have little social

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