Families often display this level of moral commitment.
Parsons argued that members of a collective must develop a system of sanctions to direct behavior.
Common family functions include teaching, socialization, nurturance, care-taking, feeding, protection, emotional support, resource sharing, and shelter.
The symbolic interactionist perspective has been used to understand how families make shared meaning since the beginning of family studies in the early 1900s.
In the 1980s, family sociology continued to focus on alternative families and individuation.
Multiple competing family models emerged to account for the diversity of modern and postmodern families.
Parsons's concept of the collectivity, a term which refers to distinct human groups united by shared social structures, identity, and customs, influenced sociological conception and understanding of the family unit.
Parsons defined the parameters and characteristics necessary to create collectivities.