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Family Functions: Symbolic Interactionism -- Research Starters Sociology

By: Flynn, Simone I.;

2009 / EBSCO


This article focuses on family functions as seen through a symbolic interactionist perspective. This article explores the sociology of family functions in four parts: An overview of the field of family studies; a description of symbolic interactionism and the family; a discussion of the ways in which sociologists apply the symbolic interactionist perspective to family behavior, and; an exploration of the issues associated with using any single theoretical approach to analyze complex family situations, motivations, and outcomes. Understanding how symbolic interactionism is used to examine family functions is vital for all those interested in the sociology of family and relationships.