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Exploring the Family: Interactionism and Conflict perspective

I need a couple of real world examples of how the symbolic interactionist perspective works within a family social unit.

I also need a couple of real world examples of how the conflict perspective works within a family social unit.

Are there advantages or disadvantages to either one of these perspectives?

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Hello. The solution below should get you started. Prior to reading the solution below, you should review the basic principles in relation to the sociological perspectives listed. The solution below mentions them in a concise manner but it would be best to review them again at length so that you can fully understand how it is applied in viewing family relations. You can also use the listed references for further research. A word version of this solution is attached for easy printing. Good luck with your studies.

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Family Relations

Sociological perspectives are viewpoints or paradigms that allow sociologists the framework in analysing and viewing sociological phenomenon, social structures and social agencies. They could be at micro or macro level, but all of them allow social scientists to see the inner workings of society. In this particular problem, the student is being asked to use sociological perspectives to view the way the family as a social unit works. There are 3 major sociological perspectives - symbolic interactionism (a micro perspective, uses face to face interactions, individual relationships and the use of symbols and the creation of meaning in ...

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The solution provides insight and advise on the use of symbolic interactionism and the conflict perspective in exploring the family as a social unit. Examples are provided to elaborate the discussion. The advantages/disadvantages of either perspective in this context is also included. Resources are listed in the narrative for further exploration of the topic.