TITLE

SOCIOLOGICALLY ESTABLISHED FAMILY NORMS AND DEMOCRATIC VALUES

AUTHOR(S)
Kolb, William L.
PUB. DATE
May 1948
SOURCE
Social Forces (University of North Carolina Press);May48, Vol. 26 Issue 4, p451
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
This article is devoted to an analysis of family sociology as a value-oriented discipline to be judged as such by value criteria. The basic proposition to be elaborated is that the American family sociologists are setting up certain criteria of successful marriage, which in turn lend support to a family structure which in certain basic regards is fundamentally in conflict with that complex of democratic values which measures the validity of institutions and social groups by their contribution to personal growth and expanding experience through freedom. As a corollary it is suggested as an heuristic hypothesis that this type of value-formulation is partially the consequence of the particular point of view concerning the social function of sociology, as that point of view is indicated by the problem orientation of the family sociologist. Most sociologists will probably accept the premise that the social justification of theft scientific activity lies in the possibilities thus developed of intelligently ordering a social change. Sharp differences will be found, however, in regard to the implications of this premise for the conceiving of sociological problems.
ACCESSION #
13601879

Tags: MARRIAGE;  FAMILIES;  SOCIAL groups;  SOCIOLOGY;  SOCIAL change;  SOCIAL participation

 

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