Themes

Themes

Marriages and Families 10th or 11th edition. 10th edition information- ISBN: 13: 978-0-495-50405-4
11th edition information-ISBN: 13-978-1-111-30154-5
So, in your view, what are the major themes of the chapter? List at least five themes. Of the different theories discussed in the chapter, which theory do you think "best" defines and describes a family? How would you define your family using the theories discussed in the chapter?
Finally, compare and contrast the following perspectives:
postmodern theory Theoretical perspective that largely analyzes social interaction (discourse or narrative) in order to demonstrate that a phenomenon is socially constructed.
science "A logical system that bases knowledge on . . . systematic observation, empirical evidence, facts we verify with our senses" (Macionis 2006, p. 15).
structure-functional perspective Theoretical perspective that looks to the functions that institutions perform for society and the structural form of the institution.
theoretical perspective A way of viewing reality, or a lens through which analysts organize and interpret what they observe. Researchers on the family identify those aspects of families that are of interest to them, based on their own theoretical perspective.

How are they alike and how are they different?
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