Title

Family as a Conditional Universal

Keywords

Family, universals, sociology

Abstract

The question of universals is important for delimiting a sociological which ought not result in quasi-metaphysical statements. A universal function and structure which is found over time and space, and must, be conceptualized as conditional. A re-examination of Reiss' treatment of the universality of the family leads to an acceptance of nurturant socialization as a conditional universal function, but to a rejection of kin structure in favor of a non-specific self (or selves) - infant conditional universal structure. The "family" as a conditional universal may be defined as the order of infant self-investiture. This definition should aid the investigator to avoid the fallacy and value position of sociocentrism, i.e., absolutizing a past structure.

Original Publication Citation

"""Family as a Conditional Universal,"" Journal of Marriage and the Family 33 (February):188-194 (with A.J. Weigert)."

Document Type

Peer-Reviewed Article

Publication Date

1971

Publisher

Journal of Marriage and the Family

Language

English

College

Family, Home, and Social Sciences

Department

Sociology

University Standing at Time of Publication

Full Professor

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