Functionalist Theory and Socialization

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FunctionalistTheory and Socialization

FunctionalistTheory and Socialization

Fromthe perspective of functionalist theory, I agree with the firstarticle. The article advocates for interconnection of various unitsin the society to have a state of social balance in the largersystem. For instance, it divulges that for a child to become anall-round person he/she need a guidance of other units of the societysuch as school and churches and not just parental guidance. From thecontext of functionalist theory, when various parts of the societywork together in harmony, they contribute to the common good of thesociety (Scott, 2012). For social stability to be actualized, variouselements of the society must be functional. No single part of thesociety that can be beneficial to the people without the direct orindirect involvement of the other. Various institutions need to workcollectively to ensure that the much-needed productivity andintegration are achieved, to avoid conflicts of interest.

Socializationis paramount in the sense that it helps us learn from others in thesociety. I agree with the articles on its view of social placementand socialization. It recognizes that our families play a criticalrole in helping us make the best decisions than any otherinstitution. Children acquire social placement from their parents,and it helps them to inherit the inherent social identity. Primarily,a family is also instrumental in shaping the life of children andmaking them be who they want in life. A child who is motivated by thevalues of the family tends to achieve high performance which isrequisite for a brighter future. It is through learning from thesuccesses and failures of others that we can make formidable andaudacious choices to shape our destiny. Therefore, I agree with thearticle on the aspect of socialization and social placement.


Scott,J. (2012). SociologicalTheory: Contemporary Debates.Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Pub.