What are the two functions identified by Talcott Parsons?
Talcott Parsons has identified two functions that he perceives as basic and irreducible.
-The primary socialization of children occurs during the early years of childhood. During the process of socialization, family transmit the culture of the society to children who must be not only able to learn about the norms and values of the society they live in, but also be able to nurture and establish their personality.
-The stabilisation of adult personalities refers to the emotional security which is achieved within a marital relationship between two adults. This acts to balance out the stresses and strains of everyday life a faced by most adults. For Parsons, the nuclear family is the unique private place where we may truly be ourselves. It is the ideal place to fulfil love, care and sharing. Family as an institution is where social values are transmitted.