Experiences Seen Through the Lens of Theory
This paper will take the essential paradigms used in studying The Functionalist Framework, The Social Exchange and Rational Choice Framework, The Symbolic Interaction Framework, The Family Life Course Development Framework, The Systems Framework, The Conflict Framework, The Feminist Framework, and The Bioecological Framework (White & Klein, 2008) and compare them while exploring my past and current experiences. Each framework heading is a pathway of exploration for that theory as it relates to my past or current experiences. All theory is able to be used as a lens when it comes to understanding the family. With this paper it is my intent to explore my past and current experiences in the lens of these various frameworks, in order to demonstrate the understanding of these theories.
FUNCTIONALIST FRAMEWORK (White & Klein, 2008)
All parts of society are interrelated to one another
Social institutions work together, similar to organs in a body, to maintain and even reproduce societies
The logic of functionalism is that by confirming to the social expectations for family then there will be positive outcomes for the society as a whole
Since culture is a system, whose parts are interrelated; then if you make a change to one of the parts, it is likely for change to occur to the other parts as well
Self maintenance is the main task of a culture; therefore, the various cultural parts not only have a function to perform, they have a job to do, and a part to play in order to maintain society as a whole
Humans have needs that are naturally biological and psychological; and many of the various cultural traits exist simply to fulfill both the biological and psychological
When I reflect on the functionalist framework, the first thing that comes to mind is the function of the family; and how the family functions not only in itself but also on how it relates...