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The following sentences discuss one cause of marital breakdown, but I cannot understand it .Can you please explain?
From a functionalist perspective it can be argued that the adaptation of the family to the requirements of the economic system has placed a strain on the marital relationship. It has led to the relative isolation of the nuclear family from the wider kinship network.
Last edited by PROESL; 27-Sep-2009 at 07:16.
From a functionalist perspective
> "Structural functionalism" is a philosophy of sociology which examines social events
from a particular point of view
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According to one point of view,
it can be argued that
the adaptation of the family to the requirements of the economic system
the "family" has adapted to the economic system in a way that
has placed a strain on the marital relationship.
is hard on marriage.
It has led to the relative isolation of the nuclear family from the wider kinship network.
The parents and kids don't hang out with their relatives much.
I don't know many people who watch TV, but one of my friends does. She clicked through 300 channels and said crossly, "Tsk! There's nothing on."
It cracked me up. When there were only three channels, there was ALWAYS something on!
Actually, I was glad to see TV go the way of printed information: There is so much information in print that it has canceled itself out and become meaningless. It's too bad that it ever happened to print, but as long as that was the case, it was even worse that it was TV which controlled the nation's data input, point of view, attitude, etc.
If print has so overwhelmed our capacity to manage it (unavoidably becoming meaningless), then the best we can hope for is that TV become meaningless too.
My friend was absolutely correct: There IS nothing on.
It seems rather wasteful to print so much in the way of newspapers and magazines every day. Who has time to actually sit at a table and read a newspaper? I don't. There are books that I want to read. I'll never read all that I would like to, I'm sure. Magazines seem to be a more sensible approach to printing the news.
I read one time that the CIA spends hours pouring over newspapers from China, trying to read between the lines. Evidently, even blank space is fraught with significance -- who is and who is not present in this photo, who is standing near the leader and who is far away -- this is all highly charged with political meaning.
At the same time I realized that in the US, every single day, just in the Globe (not to mention every other newspaper in the world), there are editorials, op ed pieces, opinion columns, and letters to the editor all making extremely sound suggestions on ways to solve social problems. Yet not one single idea will be acted on, not one single recommendation taken up. Indeed, not one single word will even be remembered six hours later.
The difference is that when nothing is permitted, then the teesiest things become loaded with significance; but when everything is permitted, it all means nothing. It is just swept away in the flood of the next day's huge output of more of the same.
It's interesting to me that you get your news from radio. I get the Onion on my Google home page, and I have to laugh when I hear that most people get their news from the Daily Show or Jay Leno.
I get mine from the Onion.
I find it of some interest that a number of books that I've decided to read have been a direct result of information I found out about online. Other books of interest have been an indirect result of online searches.The Internet can bring things to one's attention that newspapers never would. I consider, as well, that articles on the Internet written by linguists, scholars, and other ESL-EFL teachers have contributed to my knowledge. The Internet is far more useful than any newspaper could ever be. A newspaper, to me, is like a supermarket: I will only use one third, at the most, to shop for all the food I buy. It's likely less than a third. If I bought a newspaper, I might only read four articles. Much of the newspaper is trash as soon as it's printed. It sometimes seems that printed media has about as much to offer the world as McDo, BK, and C-Cola have to offer the world of nutrition. Newspapers are very inefficient. They do report local news, but wouldn't a weekly magazine of counties or regions be more efficient? And it would be more likely that people would save such publications for a longer time. People might not be so quick to forget certain important stories that would otherwise be quickly forgotten. The news that breaks daily, and that is local, could be handled by city and town Internet sites. Print the stories that are most interesting in order to avoid any conflict that could result from having to share a single computer.